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Wenham Police Adds '10th Officer,' Will Head to the Academy

A 10th officer, as approved by voters, has been added to the Wenham Police Department.

Wenham Police Adds '10th Officer,' Will Head to the Academy Wenham Police Adds '10th Officer,' Will Head to the Academy

Chad Labrie is the newest full-time patrol officer for the .

Labrie was first hired as a part-time reserve officer in 2005.

“He’s been an outstanding employee,” Interim Police Chief Thomas Perkins told Selectmen when Labrie was introduced last week.

At one point, Labrie worked full-time for Wenham police for about six months while holding down another full-time job, Perkins said.

Labrie has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in criminal justice from . He will start at the Reading Police Academy on Aug. 20, Perkins said.

Labrie has been called the department’s 10th officer, since his hire restores the department to the same staffing level as it had a few years ago until one position was cut. Voters at Annual Town Meeting .

But since then, , dropping the department to eight officers. So technically, Labrie is now the department’s ninth officer.

“I'm working with Mark Andrews for the next position, but we agreed to focus on getting the one position filled, the candidate trained, and back working - then focus on the next one,” Perkins told Hamilton-Wenham Patch.

The base salary for a police patrolman is $42,178, plus Labrie is eligible for a 20 percent bonus for holding a Bachelor’s degree, according to Interim Town Administrator Mark Andrews.

The academy runs for 20 weeks and Labrie will not be filling patrol shifts while at the academy, Perkins said.

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