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On Sunday, police and fire officials in Portsmouth marked the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

About 75 people gathered outside the Portsmouth Police Department in front the piece of World Trade Center steel that serves as a 9/11 memorial.

The memorial service began at 8:46 AM, the exact moment when, 15 years ago, the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

Portsmouth Police Chief David Mara told the audience to remember the way the country came together after the tragedy in 2001.

Portsmouth Community TV has a new show this spring – featuring the city’s police department. It’s just the latest effort by the department to mend its public image following a well-publicized lawsuit.

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The city of Manchester could soon have a new police chief.

The Union Leader reports Mayor Ted Gatsas has nominated Assistant Police Chief Nick Willard to lead the department.

If aldermen approve the nomination, Willard would replace Chief David Mara, who announced earlier this month that he will retire at the end of June.

If he gets the job, Willard has already agreed to move to the city within 180 days.

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The head of the Manchester Police Department is stepping down.

Chief David Mara tells the Union Leader he’s retiring and his last day will be June 30.

Mara has been chief of the department for almost seven years.

He says he made the announcement to department staff Monday.

Mara has been with the department for nearly three decades, starting as a patrolman in 1986.