Officer Joseph S. Woollard Graduates the Plymouth Police Academy

Pictured L-R: Ofc Clouse, Chf McGowan, Ofc Woollard, Ofc Marscher, Ofc Lavery, Ofc Cahill

For immediate release:

DOVER, MA – The Dover Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Officer Joseph S. Woollard from the 63rd Recruit Officer Class held at the Plymouth Police Academy. The graduation was held on Friday, April 14, 2017, at the historic Plymouth Memorial Building in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Forty-two officers, representing 26 police departments across Eastern Mass, graduated the 6 month long academy. These Officers received over one thousand hours of classroom and practical instruction along with daily physical training. Some of the many topics included Constitutional Law, Domestic/Family Violence, Motor Vehicle Law, Narcotics, First Responder & CPR, Diversity Training, Suicide Prevention, Community Policing, Crisis Intervention, Report Writing, Court Preparation, and Ethics. Practical training included Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Arrest Procedures, Drunk Driving Detection, Patrol Procedures, and Emergency Vehicle Operations.

Officer Woollard, a Foxboro native, attended Plymouth State University where he received his bachelor degree in Criminal Justice. He worked as a Sergeant with the Framingham State University Police Department in Framingham prior to entering the full time police academy for Dover.

“In his time as a Special Officer, he has proven to be a courteous and professional police officer that will fit right in with our team at Dover PD,” Chief Peter A. McGowan said at the graduation, adding, “I look forward to Officer Woollard becoming a fixture here in town, well known to all our residents.”

During the graduation ceremony, recruits are ‘pinned’ with their police badge for the first time. Each officer chooses who they want to pin the badge on them, and is typically family, close friends, or other police officers who have inspired them. Officer Woollard was pinned by his girlfriend, Jessica.

The graduation ceremony finished with Plymouth District Court Judge James Michael Sullivan administering the “Oath of Honor” and a performance of “God Bless America” by Massachusetts State Police Retired Sergeant Daniel M. Clark.

Officer Woollard now enters a Field Training and Evaluation Program (“FTEP”) at the Dover Police Department where senior Field Training Officers (“FTOs”) help him translate his academy training into practical applications in actual situations under the procedures of our department.

Congratulations to Officer Woollard and his family, and welcome to the Dover Police Department.


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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