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Georgetown Police Department welcomes new reserve officers

Bryan McGonigle [email protected] @GtownRecord

The Georgetown Police Department has four new men eager to start their police careers in town. The Board of Selectmen unanimously appointed Jacob Fitzgerald, Mark Gagnon and Gregory Levesque as reserve officers for the Georgetown Police Department Monday night. And Jason Pugliese was sworn in as a reserve officer a couple months ago.

“It s a very demanding role, and I told all of the officers and their families it s the hardest job in the police department,” Police Chief Donald Cudmore said. “It s the most hours, the least amount of pay. It s very demanding, but it s where we all started.”

Fitzgerald, who began training as a reserve dispatcher in December 2016, started his career with the auxiliary force in Manchester By the Sea, where his father is a lieutenant on that town s police force.

“In addition to the training as being an auxiliary, he has the commensurate training and the requisite training to be a reserve officer,” Cudmore said. “I believe he s a good fit for Georgetown, because Manchester By the Sea and Georgetown are very similar in community and size. And he understands the role a reserve officer plays.”

Fitzgerald is currently pursuing his associate s degree in criminal justice at North Shore Community College and hopes to someday get his bachelor s degree. He and his fianc Patricia plan to move to Middleton soon as well.

“I m from a law enforcement family,” Fitzgerald said when Selectmen Chairman David Surface asked him why he wanted to be a police officer. “My father, great-grandfather, uncle, all from Manchester By the Sea. This is what I ve wanted to do since I was a little kid.”

Gagnon was raised in Rowley and graduated from Bishop-Fenwick High School in 1997 and then worked as an EMT. He currently serves as a police and fire dispatcher in North Andover.

“That s the reason he was able to catch on very, very quickly with our operation, and once he gets through the required training for our department, he ll be on the road very soon,” Cudmore said. “Given his background I have no problem thinking that he ll fit in very well here.”

He and his wife Danielle live in Windham, N.H., and have a son, Dylan, age 7.

“My new friend,” Cudmore said, referring to Dylan. “He had a lot of questions for me a lot of questions.”

Levesque graduated from high school in 2012 and has been a security officer at Lawrence General Hospital since 2013. He s also a reserve officer for the Methuen Police Department.

“He has a passion for law enforcement, and I could see that when he came in for his interviews as well as his assessment with the lieutenant,” Cudmore said. Levesque also comes from a law enforcement family. His father is a 30-year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department, and his uncle is, too. His older brother Gary was a training officer for the Massachusetts Trial Court in Lawrence.

“[Law enforcement] has been in my whole life, and like the chief said, it s been a passion of mine since,” Levesque said. “I m really excited to be able to prove myself and provide security and safety to the town of Georgetown.”

Pugliese lives in Plaistow, N.H., is currently a dispatcher in North Andover and has been a reserve dispatcher in Georgetown since August 2016.

“Officer Pugliese is obviously well trained in all areas of communications and has served with the department since August of last year as a reserve dispatcher,” Cudmore said. “He is a perfect fit and will do a great job as a reserve officer with GPD.”

According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, reserve officers typically “assist with special events; they work shifts when veteran officers are sick or on vacation; they augment the force in times of crisis; and they perform many other vital functions for the community.

“Departments also use their reserve/intermittent programs as a means of evaluating the potential of a future police officer before they are hired full time and sent to recruit officer training,” according to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security website.

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