City Marshal Mark Murray is pleased to announce that the two newest members of the Newburyport Police Department completed their academy training this week.
Officer Schyler Reilly and Officer Christopher Mead completed the Northern Essex Community College Methuen Police Academy on Wednesday, July 8. A socially distanced ceremony was held at NECC in Haverhill on July 8 to celebrate the graduates. The two were sworn in by City Clerk Richard Jones at the Newburyport City Hall on Monday, July 13.
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 were done in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Officer Reilly worked previously as a dispatcher for the Salisbury Police Department and is a former intern for the Newburyport Police Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Westfield State University.
Officer Mead previously worked for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department before joining the Newburyport Police Department. He is also in the Army National Guard.
“We are proud to welcome Officer Reilly and Officer Mead to the Newburyport Police Department,” City Marshal Murray said. “We wish them all the best as they begin their next step in their law enforcement careers and congratulate them on the completion of this rigorous training. We look forward to working alongside them, and thank them for their commitment and dedication to our community.”