February 18, 2020

Seekonk Adds Two Police Officers

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The Board of Selectmen have authorized Interim Police Chief David Enos to add two more police officers to the department’s roster.

Jason Persampieri and Jason Valderrama were given conditional offers of employment to serve as Patrolmen Third Class at Wednesday’s meeting.

Persampieri, of Raynham, has 16 years of law enforcement experience. “For the last six years he has held the rank of Sergeant in his current department,” said Enos.

Valderrama, of Berkley, Mass, is a recent graduate of the Worcester Police Academy. He is a military police officer with the Army National Guard and is employed as a security officer for General Dynamics.

Enos said the department is budgeted for 40 officers. Currently, the department has 37, which includes the command staff.

The police department will conduct an entrance exam on Saturday to fill current and anticipated police officer vacancies, during the next two years. Meanwhile, selectmen are continuing their search for a new Police Chief. The deadline to submit an application for the position is February 14.

Enos was appointed to serve as Chief on an interim basis following the retirement of Frank John last July.

John had been placed on administrative leave in March 2019 after being in the position for six months. Enos had been appointed to serve as Deputy Chief. Members of the department voiced their support of Enos at the January 22 selectmen meeting.

“I believe the town deserves the best available candidate,” chairman David Andrade said. “Whether it’s the interim Chief or whether it’s someone we don’t know about.”

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