John Horvath, Police Chief
168 Main St.
Rockport, MA 01834
For Immediate Release
Friday, Aug. 23, 2019
Contact: Kelsey Bode
Email: [email protected]
Rockport Police to Hold Graduation Reception for Recent Police Academy Graduates
ROCKPORT — Chief John Horvath is pleased to announce that the Rockport Police Department will hold a graduation reception next week for two officers who recently completed the recruit training program at the Reading Police Academy.
Thursday, Aug. 29 from 3-5 p.m.
Rockport Police Department Community Room, 168 Main St.
The Rockport Police Department will hold a graduation reception for Officers Edwin Waldsmith and Kenneth Pedone, who graduated from the Reading Police Academy on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
The reception will provide an opportunity for community members to meet and speak with Officer Waldsmith and Officer Pedone. Friends, family and members of the Rockport community are all invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.
“Officers Waldsmith and Pedone each have demonstrated a vested interest and commitment to policing through a variety of internships, trainings, jobs, certifications and degrees, and their recent graduation from the police academy is the latest accomplishment in what we expect will be long careers in law enforcement,” Chief Horvath said. “We’re pleased to welcome them officially as full time members of our department.”
Officer Waldsmith joined the Rockport Police Department in April 2017 as a permanent intermittent police officer. He also served as a full time civilian dispatcher prior to his appointment as a full time police officer on Feb. 3.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salem State University, and has previous experience as a dispatch communications officer for the Salem State University Police Department and as a NREMT/EMT-B for Cataldo Emergency Services/ Atlantic Division. He is trained and certified for CJIS 3.0, OpenFox Teletype System, NG911, APCO PST-1 and Priority Dispatch EMD. He is also a graduate of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Training Alliance (MLETA) Reserve Academy.
Officer Pedone joined the Rockport Police Department in May 2017 as a permanent intermittent police officer prior to his appointment as a full time police officer on Feb. 10.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and has previous experience as a campus police officer at North Shore Community College and campus police officer at Cambridge Health Alliance. He is also certified in Glock 22/AR-15 Platform Rifles/Shotgun, Next Generation Emergency 911 System, Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD), APCO/Telecommunicator I, Criminal Justice Information Services, National Crime Information Center, Basic Life Support (BLS), First Responder NARCAN/AED/CPR/CCR/First Aid, and is trained in defensive tactics and as a glock armorer. He has also completed training as a Special State Police Officer (SSPO), and graduated from Massachusetts Law Enforcement Training Alliance (MLETA) Reserve/Intermittent Police Academy Class 13 in June 2017.
The Reading Police Academy opened in October 1997. It is one of five Municipal Police Training Committee police academies, and it offers complete recruit and in-service police academy courses including a Basic Recruit training and Reserve Intermittent courses, with weekly in-service classes running from September through June each year for veteran police officers. Police officers from 45 communities north of Boston train there regularly. It is located on the site of the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s Camp Curtis.