Below is a modified press release from the Burlington Police Department via John Guilfoil Public Relations:
BURLINGTON, MA — Chief Michael Kent is pleased to announce the Burlington Police Department recently added four highly-educated and experienced new members.
Officers Darryl Calicchio, Eric Jaeschke, Thomas Lyons and Nicholas Scola were appointed on Monday, November 2, 2020 in a virtual ceremony conducted remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The four started at the Lowell Police Academy on Monday, November 16, 2020. The police academy is 24 weeks long and consists of more than 900 hours of a combination of practical and classroom training, certifications and service to the community. Some of the classes include first aid, law, applied patrol procedures, firearms, report writing, active shooter training, specialized driving and self defense. All in-person trainings are done in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Congratulations to the newest members of the department who begin their rigorous training in the coming weeks,” Chief Kent said. “All of us at the Burlington Police Department are excited to have Officers Calicchio, Jaeschke, Lyons and Scola begin this next step in their careers with us, and wish them the best of luck when they head to the police academy in the coming weeks.”
Officer Jaeschke, of Wilmington, worked as Lumber Yard Foreman at Reading Lumber, supervising a crew of six to eight people, and managing inventory, deliveries and equipment. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Amherst and attended Thomas College as a criminal justice major.
The appointees will also partake in a 10-week field training program after completing the Lowell Police Academy.
With all four new members holding bachelor’s degrees and one currently pursuing a master’s degree, the new appointments increase the percentage of Burlington Police officers holding a college degree. They are a reflection of the ongoing efforts nationally and here in Burlington to recruit an educated, highly-specialized, well-trained workforce to deliver the highest standards of public safety and emergency services to the citizens of Burlington.
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