By Marjorie Nesin
---- — Three Gloucester police officers pinned new badges to their caps and uniforms this week, beginning work in their new roles as sergeants.
Each of the new sergeants — Joseph Catarino, Sean Connors and Jeremiah Nicastro — scored well on civil service tests and underwent an extensive interview process with the Chief of Police and Mayor Carolyn Kirk, who serves as the appointing authority.
“I took a lot of inspiration from the process,” Kirk said. “To see where our department is headed in terms of community policing, everyone pulling together, instituting new reforms under the leadership of our new chief, make me really proud.”
The mayor expressed full confidence in each of the appointees as she handed off their badges in a ceremony at the department last Friday. The department will host a badge ceremony this fall to celebrate the three new sergeants and others recently promoted.
Three promotions in one day is the most the department has seen since Police Chief Leonard Campanello came on board about a year ago.
“Each of these officers, now sergeants, brings unique qualities that are important to the department,” Campanello said.
Sergeant Jeremiah Nicastro earned the top score on the civil service exam. Chief Campanello said Nicastro’s “diverse” background as a patrolman, as detective, and as patrolmen’s union president have contributed to his skill as an officer.
“He did his time in patrol and he did a lot of time in detectives and has done some great work in there. He also brings to the table incredible, sure negotiation skills that he picked up in his time as the union president,” Campanello said.
Campanello commended Sergeant Joseph Catarino for his out reach to younger officers and his engagement with the community.
“Sgt. Catarino displays the kind of mentorship that is so important and vital to the future of the police department in bringing along younger officers, and the idea of community policing and engaging the public in a way that we can be both positive influences and collaborators with everybody,” Campanello said.
Sgt. Sean Connors has suited up as a Gloucester police officer for 18 years. Most recently, he has worked as an assigned task force officer with the DEA through the Gloucester Police Department.
“The good thing about this promotion is it opens up liaisons with other departments,” Campanello said.
The three newest sergeants fill one position left vacant by a retiree, another emptied when a senior officer became the school resource officer, and another long-vacant position.
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