HOLDEN, Mass. — Holden Police Officer Mike Joslyn has been selected to train new police officers at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree, an opportunity that Holden Chief George Sherrill said will be a win-win for all involved.
Joslyn, who will be temporarily assigned to the State Police Academy for 21 weeks, will serve as a mentor and drill instructor to the 90 new officers in training.
This is the first time in Massachusetts that the Police Academy has made such a request, Sherrill said. He said he was "honored and humbled that the Holden Police has such a solid reputation that we are the ones being asked to assist in the vital component of forming the future of 90 individuals that have devoted themselves to this noble profession."
Joslyn "is a well-rounded officer who represents the department well," Sherrill said. "He's respected and has experience under his belt, and that's what they're looking for out there."
In return, the State Police will reimburse the Holden Police Department for filling Joslyn's shifts through overtime for 21 weeks, said Sherrill.
Selectmen voted unanimously Monday to support the intergovernmental agreement.
"I think it reflects positively on the police department and the town, that they would come to us looking for assistance," Sherrill said. "It's an opportunity for professional development for Officer Joslyn, and it further validates the good working relationship we have with the state police. We're always going to them looking for assistance and equipment, and in this case they came to us."