METHUEN — Mayor James P. Jajuga and Police Chief Joseph Solomon are pleased to announce that two Methuen Police Department members recently graduated from the Animal Control Officers of Massachusetts Academy (ACOM).
Animal Inspector and ACO Renee Falardeau and ACO Miguel Reyes both graduated from the academy at a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 19.
During the intensive 13-week program, Falardeau and Reyes completed coursework related to animal laws, investigation of animal cruelty and neglect, animal capture and restraint techniques, courtroom procedures and proper techniques of handling evidence. Both also earned certification in animal CPR and first aid.
Falardeau is a full-time ACO and animal inspector with the Methuen Police Department. Before joining the Methuen Police last fall, ACO Falardeau worked for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) for 18 years.
“I commend Officer Falardeau and Officer Reyes for their successful completion of such a rigorous and challenging program,” Chief Solomon said. “They’ve both shown a sustained commitment to the welfare of animals, and I have no doubt that they’ll only enhance their level of service to our community going forward.”
Reyes joined the Methuen Police Department as a part-time animal control officer in January. He was born in Boston and grew up in Lawrence, and is eager to serve the city in his role.
“Both of these individuals have made great contributions since joining the Methuen Police Department,” Mayor Jajuga said. “I want to congratulate them on graduating from the academy and sharpening their expertise in so many critical areas.”