Three New Police Officers Sworn In At Selectmen's Meeting
Jan 11, 2019 12:29PM
● By Bill Gilman
Dracut Police Chief Peter Bartlett swears in three new police officers - (left to right) Tony Ngeth, Brendan Mahoney and Andrew Gys - as the selectmen look on.
DRACUT - Dracut Police Chief Peter Bartlett on Tuesday swore in three new police officers - Tony Ngeth, Brendan Mahoney and Andrew Gys - who will take to the streets of Dracut starting this week.
The ceremony at Tuesday's Board of Selectmen's meeting was Bartett's first time hiring new recruits, he said. He described these new officers as "a move into the future when it comes to public safety in this community.''
Along with a hiring process that is "pretty grueling,'' Bartlett said each recruit attended a 22-week police academy.
For these three recruits, Bartlett said, "Tonight is yet another marker of their career path.''
Bartlett said he is confident these new recruits will represent the Dracut Police Department with "pride, integrity and honor,'' all while exhibiting professionalism and compassion in treating people in need while the dignity they deserve as they carry out their duties.
"The badges they wear represent a true source of authority and power and should not be taken lightly,'' Bartlett said. "The badge is a symbol of public trust. Earning the honor to wear it is a privilege reserving for those who know how powerful it is and for those who know how to wield that power with discretion. Becoming a police officer is not just a job, it is a calling,'' he said.
Tony Ngeth, a Dracut resident, is a 2012 graduate of Dracut High School whose extracurricular activities included playing football and track. He graduated in 2017 from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
Ngeth was inspired to become a police officer because his father, Peter Ngeth, was a military officer in his native Cambodia, Bartlett said. "He believes it is the perfect job to be able to serve and assist the people of this community,'' the chief said.
Brendan Mahoney, a 2010 graduate of Dracut High School, who has taken classes at various colleges as he works toward a criminal justice degree. Mahoney is a veteran who served six years in the Army National Guard.
Andrew Gys is a 2014 graduate of Dracut High School who played on the golf team. He graduated from UMass Lowell in 2018 with a degree in finance and a minor in criminal justice.