Twenty-eight new police officers graduated from the first class of the Cambridge-Northeastern Police Academy on Sept. 20 and plan to join their respective police departments, including two officers from Cambridge.
The new officers represent 13 different departments from the greater Boston area. The participating agencies were Abington, Babson College, Belmont, Brockton, Boston University, Cambridge, Chelsea, Lasell University, MIT, Northeastern University, Randolph, Salem and UMass Dartmouth.
Ruben Galindo, deputy chief of the Northeastern University Police Department, and Robert Ferullo, executive director of the Municipal Police Training Committee, joined Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr. in addressing the graduating class, while retired Chief Justice Roderick Ireland issued the keynote address. The graduation ceremony took place at the Blackman Auditorium on the campus of Northeastern University.
Bard told the 28 graduating officers, “you should be proud. You are the first in what we hope to be a long-lasting tradition here at the Cambridge-Northeastern Police Academy.”
The two new Cambridge Police Officers are Thomas Pasquarello and Tarik Salameddine. They were sworn in by City Clerk Anothony Wilson in front of family, friends and colleagues.
Pasquarello and Salameddine were officially welcomed to the city of Cambridge with a Welcoming Ceremony at the Sullivan Chamber in Cambridge City Hall. Among those in attendance were City Manager Louis DePasquale, Deputy City Manager Lisa Peterson, members of City Council, friends, family and former and current members of the Cambridge Police Department.
Pasquarello is the son of a retired Police Chief, brother of Cambridge Police Officer and most recently a former State Trooper with the New Hampshire State Police. He previously interned with the Northeastern University Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Boston. He is conversational in Spanish, Italian and Mandarin Chinese.
Salameddine is a graduate of UMass Boston and a high school in Morocco. He is fluent in Arabic and French.