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Melrose swears in two new police officers

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 4, 2012 12:17 PM

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Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan swore in two new police officers last week, both with a background in the military.

Daniel Goodhue is a lifelong Melrose resident who served in the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2009, and Sean Matthews is a native of Northern Ireland who previously worked as a teacher in Boston and has been an infantryman in the Army National Guard since 2007, according to an announcement from the city.

Both were sworn in during a ceremony at City Hall Nov. 28.

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City of Melrose

From left: State Rep. Paul Brodeur, Mayor Rob Dolan, Ward 6 Alderman Peter Mortimer, Police Patrolman Daniel Goodhue, Police Chief Michael Lyle, Police Patrolman Sean Matthews, State Sen. Katherine Clark.

“I am pleased to welcome both these men to the Melrose Police Department,” Dolan said in a statement. “They bring a breadth and depth of experience that will enrich both the department and the community.”

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City of Melrose

Patrolman Sean Matthews gets sworn in.

The new additions will be assigned shifts in early January, after spending six weeks in a field officer training program, according to police Chief Michael Lyle.

“We send them to the Police Academy for 24 weeks, but we want to make sure they are acclimated to the community,” Lyle said in a statement. “That’s why we have a Field Officer Training Program. They are paired with a senior officer for six to eight weeks; they will work the different shifts, go to court, do dispatch, and see all aspects of being a Melrose police officer. After that, they will be ready for their assignment.”

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City of Melrose

Patrolmen Daniel Goodhue is sworn in by Mayor Rob Dolan.

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