Methuen Sends Eight Student Officers to Train at Northern Essex Community College Police Academy

Police Chief Scott J. McNamara and Mayor Neil Perry stand with eight student officers who begin training at the Northern Essex Community College Haverhill Police Academy Jan. 10, in preparation for careers with the Methuen Police Department. From left, McNamara, Madison Adames, Robert Fitzgerald, Angel Mejia Jr., Dannery Serrano, Jason Young, Cameron Fountain, Kayleigh Forgetta, James Smith, and Perry. (Courtesy photograph.)

The Methuen Police Department is sending eight student officers to the Northern Essex Community College Haverhill Police Academy in preparation for careers with Methuen Police.

The eight officers were hired from the Civil Service Police Officers List and begin the police academy today. Students are Madison Adames, Robert Fitzgerald, Angel Mejia Jr., Dannery Serrano, Jason Young, Cameron Fountain, Kayleigh Forgetta and James Smith.

“I’m excited that these eight great young men and women are up to the challenge of a career in law enforcement, said Police Chief Scott J. McNamara. “The lessons they learn over the next 38 weeks will prepare them for a career of helping others and protecting this community.”

Following 24 weeks of training at the college’s police academy, authorized by the Massachusetts Police Training Council, officers will graduate, become police officers and begin a 14-week Methuen Police Department Field Training Officer Program to train with experienced officers.

Mayor Neil Perry also offered his congratulations, saying, “Public safety is a top priority here, and keeping our Police Department adequately staffed is an essential ingredient to safety.”

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