Photo: The new hires: (from left) Officers Michael Santoro Jr., William Watkins Jr., and Marco D ’Andrea.
Marco D ’Andrea, Michael Santoro Jr. and William Watkins Jr. were sworn in today, Thursday, June 18, by Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman as the the most recent police officers to join the ranks of the Belmont Police Department.
The officers attended the distinguished and stringent six-month Boston Police Academy and graduated on June 17, along with 64 of their classmates, according to Belmont Police Chief Richard McLaughlin.
Forty-one of the new officers will join the ranks of the Boston Police Department and 23 are headed to cities and towns in Massachusetts. Boston’s Mayor Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans addressed the graduating class.
“We are very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to send our recruits to the nationally recognized Boston Police Academy,” said McLaughlin.
In addition to Belmont Police personnel, the swearing in was attended by Belmont Town Administrator David Kale, Assistant Town Administrator Phyllis Marshall and family and friends of the officers.
In addition to the swearing in of the three new officers, Belmont recognized recently promoted Mark Hurley and Marc Pugliese. Hurley was promoted to the rank of lieutenant from sergeant and Pugliese was promoted from patrol officer to sergeant.