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New Somerset Police Lt. Armand Cabral takes the oath Wednesday night in the basement of the Somerset Town Office building.

By Marc Munroe Dion
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Oct 01, 2008 @ 09:37 PM
Last update Oct 02, 2008 @ 12:37 AM

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SOMERSET - Selectmen made a room full of relatives happy Wednesday night when they swore in newly promoted Police Lt. Armand Cabral and Patrolman Brian Dempsey. The crowd was big enough for selectmen to hold the swearing-in down in the basement of the Town Office Building, which is far more spacious than the first-floor hearing room where the board usually meets.
Cabral's promotion from sergeant to lieutenant includes new duties in the Major Crimes Division, where he will help investigate serious crimes including rape, identify theft and sex crimes.
Dempsey, 27, was appointed to the force to replace Paul Emond, who resigned. Born and raised in Somerset, Dempsey left town in 2004 to attend police academy in Florida.
After completing the course there, he accepted a position as a patrolman on the Palm Springs, Fla., police force in 2006.
Police Chief Joseph Ferreira said that because Dempsey is already trained, the town could save about $40,000 in training expenses and put him on the streets immediately. In fact, Dempsey arrived just in time for his own swearing-in.
"He's working tonight," Ferreira told selectmen. "He's answering a call."
Nancy Durfee, a comprehensive planner from the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, told selectmen they need to meet with Goody, Clancy, the Boston-based land use consulting firm preparing impact studies for towns in and around the corridor through which a possible rail line from Boston to Fall River might pass. Selectmen have seen some of Goody, Clancy's suggestions regarding which land should be developed and which should to be preserved, but Durfee urged selectmen to meet with the firm.
"It's in the process of being written for the whole corridor," she said of an impact study. "If you don't have that meeting, your voice won't be heard."
Selectmen will seek a meeting with the firm.

http://www.heraldnews.com/news/local_news/x556001828/Selectmen-swear-in-new-police-officer
 

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Dempsey left town in 2004 to attend police academy in Florida.
After completing the course there, he accepted a position as a patrolman on the Palm Springs, Fla., police force in 2006.
Police Chief Joseph Ferreira said that because Dempsey is already trained, the town could save about $40,000 in training expenses and put him on the streets immediately.
I wasn't aware that Mass had police academy reciprocity with other states.
 

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I wasn't aware that Mass had police academy reciprocity with other states.
Mass is very strict but they will accept if it meets the same criteria, roughly 800 hours. Im sure they made him complete the reserve academy to get him on board with crim, con an mv law. And the most important of all, problem solving and community policing...........
 
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