It is a time of transition down at the Mansfield police station. With officers leaving and retiring, a new group of police officers are ready to patrol the streets of Mansfield.
"The sands of time are moving on in the department and people are leaving. We're losing great people and great new people are coming in," Police Chief Arthur O'Neil said.
Four new full-time members of the Mansfield Police Department were sworn in Wednesday night, as the department begins to transition to new officers and a new chief next month.
In addition, officer Michael Fenore was also sworn in because he was away on his honeymoon at the time of the ceremony for the previous class.
The officers, Nicole Boldrighini, Derek McCune, Gregory Martel and Daniel Pennellatore, are all Mansfield High School graduates and recent graduates of the state police academy.
McCune is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a degree in criminal justice. Previously, he interned with the Mansfield PD and was a reserve officer in Mansfield.
Martel attended Northeastern University on a football scholarship and graduated in 2012. Until his recent retirement, his father was a member of the Easton Police Department.
Pennellatore graduated from Endicott in 2013 and interned with the Brockton Police Department. He has worked with the Mansfield police in the past, helping with police reports at the Comcast Center.
The daughter of the fire chief, Boldrighini is a graduate of Fitchburg State University and became a reserve officer for the Mansfield PD in 2009. Upon graduating from the state police academy, Boldrighini was singled out as the outstanding recruit officer for her class.
The officers were sworn in at the March 20 Mansfield Selectmen meeting by Town Clerk Marianne Staples.