By Anna Tse
At a ceremony on Wednesday, January 16, the Malden Police Department welcomed three new police officers: Conor Cloherty, Stephen Munyon, and Steven Mulcahy, Jr.
In the presence of the new officers’ families and Police Chief James Holland, Mayor Gary Christenson, and Police Commissioner “Butch” Gennetti, they were sworn in by City Clerk Karen Anderson.
Prior to the ceremony, the officers completed a rigorous course of police academy training. “They completed their training by the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council yesterday,” said Lt. Det. Marc Gatcomb in an interview with the Malden Advocate following the ceremony. “They’re actual working Malden police officers as of today.”
“Today is one of the biggest days in my life after finishing the 22 weeks of training. I’ve heard a lot of positives about the Malden Police Department, and I’m proud to be part of the team,” said Conor Cloherty.
All three officers said they have dreamed of becoming police officers since they were young. At the ceremony Officer Stephen Munyon said, “I am looking forward to doing whatever I can to help out the community. I can’t wait to start working.”
Steven Mulcahy, Jr., who worked as a cadet at the police department the past six years, said, “I am just happy and proud to be here today.” He also noted that during the intensive training at the academy he became very good friends with the other two officers, and they are excited to serve the community together.
“These new officers will begin a six-week in-house training regimen,“ said Captain Kevin Sheridan, including work with a Field Training Officer (FTO), who will take them out to the field and help them understand how best to handle real-life situations.
“Hopefully by the beginning of March, we’ll have them fully trained and ready to work for the city,” said Lt. Det. Marc Gatcomb
The additional three officers will help the city to combat crime in Malden, which seems to have received more media attention in the past months due to a few high profile crimes in the city.
“I’m excited for the officers, who from all accounts will make a positive impact on the city,” said Mayor Gary Christenson. When asked how these additional officers will help to reduce the crime rate in the city, the mayor said, “These officers will use their newfound skills acquired during their extensive time in the police academy to expand the goal of increased public safety throughout the community. We’re glad to have them.”