METHUEN — Chief Joseph Solomon and Mayor James Jajuga are pleased to announce that the Methuen Police Department’s newest officer completed his police academy training recently.
On Friday, Nov. 8, Officer Robert Gordon was one of 35 officers representing 13 cities and towns to graduate from the Northern Essex Community College Methuen Police Academy. The ceremony was held on the NECC campus in Haverhill.
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 bicycle patrol lessons and self defense.
Having completed the extensive academy program, Officer Gordon has joined the Methuen Police Department and will undergo field training for the next three months.
Officer Gordon served in the U.S. Army from 2010-2013, including a one year tour in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. He has been a Reserve Officer with the Methuen Police Department since 2015. During his time in the full-time academy, Officer Gordon broke the academy record for most pull-ups.
“We’re excited to welcome Officer Gordon to the department,” Chief Solomon said. “He has been a valuable member of our team as a reserve officer in the past, and I’m confident he’ll continue to make great contributions to the department in his new role.”
“Congratulations to Officer Gordon on completing the rigorous training program at the police academy,” Mayor Jajuga added. “I’m looking forward to his continued work on behalf of the citizens of our community.”