For immediate release:
DOVER, MA – At their scheduled meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, the Town of Dover Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to appoint Brian C. Collins to the part time position of Special Officer with the Town of Dover Police Department.
Collins grew up in Walpole and has been a dispatcher for Dover’s Emergency Communications Center since 2011. He is currently studying Criminal Justice at Northeastern University with an anticipated bachelor’s of science degree in 2013.
Prior to applying to the department, candidates for Special Officer must have completed a 240 hour Reserve Police Academy, hold an associate’s degree or equivalent credits in any discipline, a valid driver’s license and CPR certification. Candidates that meet the initial requirements are subjected to an interview panel comprised of both residents and officers, as well as an intensive background investigation. Ultimately the Chief selects one candidate who he recommends for employment.
“His demonstrated level of comittment to the department and the town, and our first hand observations of his interactions with the public made him the obvious choice,” Chief Peter A. McGowan pointed out. “I am excited to have him join the ranks of one of the best police departments in the state.”
After completing a Field Training program, Special Officers work weekend shifts on patrol and attend regular training. They hold the same arrest powers as regular Dover Police Officers, and will be considered for future full time employment openings.
Media inquiries may be directed to DPD Media Services. Please do not contact the Emergency Communications Center directly on this matter.