four new police officersOfficers Caitlyn O’Malley, Ryan Hood, Keith Acenas and Brett Marifiote were sworn in on Jan. 5 and are now completing their 12 weeks of field training. /Arlington Police Department photoThe Arlington Police Department has hired four new police officers; currently undergoing localized special training, they will begin patrolling on their own later this year. 

All four hold college degrees; three previously graduated from Arlington High School. Details are included further down in this article.

Officers Keith Acenas, Caitlyn O’Malley, Brett Marifiote and Ryan Hood all graduated from the Municipal Police Training Committee's Lynnfield Police Academy.

“We are pleased to welcome Officers Acenas, O’Malley, Marifiote and Hood to the department and are looking forward to watching them grow their careers in Arlington," Arlington Police Chief Julie Flaherty was quoted as saying in a news release received the afternoon of April 10.

Each officer has been paired with a field training officer so as to complete their 12 weeks of field training; they thus will be familiarized with APD policies and procedures and will be observed and evaluated by their field training officer before patrolling on their own. 

The 20-week Recruit Officer Course at the academy is a comprehensive training experience and consists of practical and classroom training covering 21st-century policing best practices and focusing on the core principles of problem-solving, procedural justice, ethical decision-making, and fair and impartial policing.

Successful completion of the Academy indicates that graduates have met all training requirements to be eligible for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission certification, Flaherty noted. logo

All four officers were sworn in on Jan. 5 by Arlington Town Clerk Juli Brazile.

    • Officer Acenas holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He graduated from Arlington High School.
    • Officer O’Malley was employed by the Arlington Police Department as a public safety dispatcher before attending the police academy. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Westfield State University.
    • Officer Marifiote graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Arlington High School.
    • Officer Hood holds a bachelor's degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. He graduated from Arlington High School.

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This news announcement was published the evening of Wednesday, April 10, 2024, based on information from John Guilfoil Public Relations, a firm used by many first-responder and other governmental agencies in greater Boston.