There are a lot of moving parts on the personnel chart of the Bedford Police Department this month, with more to come, according to Chief of Police John Fisher:
- Bedford resident Casey LaGrassa has graduated from the new municipal police academy in Lynnfield and is now field training with Officer Jason Kennedy. A Bedford High School graduate, she is the second female officer on the current rolls, Fisher said. “She told me she always wanted to be a police officer.”
- The department has hired Angel Rodriguez-Pinto, who is attending the Lynnfield Police Academy for four months of recruit training. Fisher said the new officer attended high school in Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Army National Guard and most recently was a Transportation Security Administration agent in Boston.
- Five Bedford Police patrolmen will be interviewed over the next two weeks as the department prepares to fill two sergeant vacancies. “They’re all good candidates – this is going to be tough,” Fisher said. He will be joined by the department’s two lieutenants and Colleen Doyle, Assistant Town Manager for Personnel, for the interviews.
- The department is still short three positions, Fisher said, and will be interviewing one man and one woman next week. “We’re working hard to get this done,” he said.
All of the hiring and promotional lists for the force are prepared under the civil service examination system.
“We still have one vacancy in our dispatch center,” Chief Fisher added. “That job is posted on our website and we would really like to have interested people apply.”
“There is nothing more important than choosing the right person to wear a badge for the Bedford Police Department,” Fisher declared. “Our hiring is one of the more important things we do.”
“These are members that have to work well with our citizens and our guests here,” he continued, adding that ideally, the new personnel will stay long-term, because these are positions where longevity counts.”