Northern Essex Police Academy Graduates 10 Haverhill and Five Methuen Police Officers

Police Academy graduation ceremonies at Northern Essex Community College. (Courtesy photograph.)

Ten Haverhill and five Methuen police officers were among 38 graduating Friday from the Northern Essex Community College/Methuen Police Academy.

Graduates complete an intensive 24-week program that includes constitutional law, prevention and intervention, community policing, domestic violence, elder abuse and victims’ rights. Active Bystander for Law Enforcement training, which prepares officers to successfully intervene when they see other officers engaging in misconduct, was recently added to the curriculum.

Haverhill Officers graduating were Joshua Boisvert, Kristopher Buck, Desiray Caracoglia, Keith Cronin, Paul DeCoste, Nicholas Depina, Anthony Madden, Timothy Marshall, Jesse Welch and Anthony Yan. The Haverhill Police Department further congratulated Boisvert for having the top score in the firearms course.

Methuen graduates are Officers Jeffrey McAndrew, James Keating, Felicia Bistany, John Laurenza and Brady Abraham.

Joshua Stokel of Portsmouth, N.H., a retired deputy chief of police, is director of the Northern Essex Community College Police Academy. (Courtesy photograph.)

In February, Joshua Stokel of Portsmouth, N.H., a retired deputy chief of police with extensive experience teaching criminal justice at the college level, was appointed director of the Northern Essex Community College Police Academy.

The Academy has graduated 12 classes since its inception in January of 2015. Recruits serve 58 community police departments, eight colleges and universities, Massachusetts Port Authority and the Somerville Housing Authority. A new class begins in June.

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