Haverhill Police Welcome Two New Officers; Vacancies Continue to Plague Department

Patrolmen Mark Andrukaitis and Michael Mills, center, are congratulated, from left, by Capt. Robert P. Pistone, Deputy Chief Anthony Haugh, Chief Alan R. DeNaro and Capt. Stephen J. Doherty Jr. (Courtesy photograph.)

Thirty-Five Officers, from 15 different agencies, graduated from the Northern Essex Community College/Methuen Police Academy Friday.

Joining the ranks of the Haverhill Police Department are Patrolmen Mark Andrukaitis and Michael Mills. Andrukaitis was honored as the top officer of his recruit class academically. They begin field training starting this week.

Haverhill Police have said they have struggled to fill 16 to 20 vacancies caused by retirements, transfers and the time it takes to hire and train new recruits. Mayor James J. Fiorentini announced in September a new agreement with the Haverhill Police Superior Officers union to end to Civil Service rules. Ending Civil Service will not take effect without the support of the Haverhill Police Patrolmen’s Union. Sources say such a pact is unlikely.

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