Methuen Officer Gordon Completes Police Academy Training

Officer Robert Gordon, left, and Staff Instructor Nick Dore of the Methuen Police Department. (Photograph courtesy of Methuen Police.)

Methuen Police Officer Robert Gordon was one of 35 officers representing 13 cities and towns to graduate recently from the Northern Essex Community College Methuen Police Academy. The ceremony was held on the NECC campus in Haverhill.

The police academy is 24 weeks long and consists of more than 900 hours of a combination of practical and classroom training, certifications, and service to the community. Some of the classes include first aid, law, applied patrol procedures, firearms, report writing, active shooter training, specialized driving and bicycle patrol lessons and self-defense.

Having completed the program, Gordon now joins the Methuen Police Department and will undergo field training for the next three months.

Gordon served in the U.S. Army from 2010-2013, including a one-year tour in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. He has been a reserve officer with the Methuen Police Department since 2015. During his time in the full-time academy, Gordon broke the academy record for most pull-ups.

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