Haverhill Police Celebrate Longtime Service of Retiring Officers Florent, Demeritt

Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro (left) and Deputy Chief Anthony Haugh celebrate Sgt. Cliff Demeritt and Lt. Joseph Florent for a job well done on April 25, 2019. (Courtesy photograph)

The Haverhill Police Department celebrated the more than three decades of service of two high-ranking officers Thursday at a retirement party for Lt. Joseph Florent and Sgt. Clifford Demeritt at the Bailey Boulevard station on their last day of work.

Attended by Chief Alan R. DeNaro and Deputy Chief Anthony Haugh along with the retirees’ department peers, the ceremony was a way to honor Demeritt’s 38 and Florent’s 36 years of service respectively.

“May all the years ahead bring you great joy, happiness, and well-deserved relaxation. Thank you for your many years of service to this department and the citizens of Haverhill,” the department wrote in a congratulatory social media message to the men Thursday afternoon.

Demeritt and Florent are the second and third to retire from Haverhill’s force this year. Patrolman David Mekalian put away his badge after 31 years of service in March.

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