The Mansfield Police Department performed an induction ceremony for three new officers (Mark Lennore was on vacation) and the promotion to sergeant of another.
Christopher Walsh and David Kerr were inducted as new recruits and David Sennott returned to duty after a serious back injury. Officer Roy Bain was also promoted to a full sergeant position after being an active sergeant for a few months.
Mansfield Police Chief Arthur O’Neill said that all his new officers (and current) are a credit to Mansfield.
“Gentlemen, I wish that you bring honor to those badges,” he said. “And if you do that, everything else will take care of themselves.”
O’Neill said that Kerr had just returned from active duty in army’s military police as well as working with the arsenal office before graduating the Boston Police Academy.
O’Neill said that Sennott is a returning officer to the Mansfield Police force after suffering a dehibilitating injury to his back. An injury, O’Neill said, most thought he would not come back from.
“It was deemed irreparable, but due some very hard work on his own and some therapeutic work he is back and at least as good as new,” he said.
O’Neill said that Walsh had graduated Mansfield High School in 2008 and Curry College in July of 2012.
Mansfield’s Roy Bain was promoted to sergeant in the force.
“It was a tough testing process,” O’Neill said. “This is part of our future…. I’m very proud of those that have been here for a short time and a long time, and for those that are just coming to Mansfield.
Mansfield selectmen also congratulated the new police officers.