James D. McMeekin Appointed As Special Officer

Pictured L-R: Ofc Marscher, Chf McGowan, Ofc McMeekin, Ofc Clouse, Ofc Black

For immediate release:

DOVER, MA – At their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2017, the Town of Dover Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to appoint James D. McMeekin to the part time position of Special Officer with the Dover Police Department.

McMeekin grew up in Mansfield, where he attended Mansfield High School. He went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor in Business Administration. He is currently working as a public safety dispatcher for the Natick 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.


Media inquiries may be directed to DPD Media Services. Please do not contact the Emergency Communications Center directly on this matter.

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