DRACUT — Chief Peter Bartlett is pleased to announce the academy graduation of the three newest officers of the Dracut Police Department.
Officers Robert Lundberg, Tyler Rocha and Jonathan Ryan graduated from the Lowell Police Academy on Friday, Dec. 11. A socially distanced swearing in ceremony was held for the three on Friday, Dec. 11 at the Dracut Police Station. Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s gathering size restrictions, there was no formal graduation ceremony like the ones typically hosted by the academy.
“I want to congratulate our three newest officers for successfully completing this rigorous training program, and would like to officially welcome them to the Dracut Police Department,” Chief Bartlett said. “All have dedicated countless hours to their training and I have no doubt that they will be assets to the department.”
The police academy is 24 weeks long and consists of more than 900 hours of a combination of practical and classroom training, certifications and service to the community. Some of the classes include first aid, law, applied patrol procedures, firearms, report writing, active shooter training, specialized driving and self defense. All in-person trainings are done in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Lundberg, of Dracut, has served as a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and the 772nd Military Police Company. He has also worked as a security guard at Holy Family Hospital. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Westfield State University.
Rocha grew up in Dracut and formally worked as an automotive repairman. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Middlesex Community College.
Ryan grew up in Dracut and is a third-generation police officer. He also received the Top Fitness award at the academy. Ryan is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
The three will now complete a 10-week field training program.