For immediate release:
DOVER, MA – At their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2017, the Town of Dover Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to appoint Donald P. Cahill, Jr. to the part time position of Special Officer with the Dover Police Department.
Cahill grew up in nearby Norfolk, and attended King Phillip Regional High School and Bridgewater State University’s Criminal Justice program. He is currently working as a dispatcher for the Bridgewater State University Police Department.
Prior to applying to the department, candidates for Special Officer must have completed a Reserve Police Academy of over 260 hours of training, 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, as well as an intensive background investigation by DPD detectives. Ultimately the Chief selects candidates who he recommends to the Selectmen for employment.
After completing required state certifications and an extensive 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.
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