GRAFTON, Mass. - Officer Michael Swift, a 19-year veteran of the Grafton Police force, was sworn in as sergeant during Tuesday’s selectmen meeting.
As his family and Police Chief Normand Crepeau Jr. looked on, Town Clerk Maureen Clark administered the oath and Swift's son pinned the new shield on his father's uniform. Everyone in attendance, including the selectmen, then stood and applauded.
“Swift passed the civil service exam requirement plus he has the seniority and qualifications for the job,” Crepeau said. He added that some parts of the exam require verbatim recall, which is very difficult to accomplish.
Swift graduated Grafton High School in 1987, obtained his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in 1992, and then completed his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College in 2008. He also graduated from the Canton Municipal Police Academy in Canton.
Swift, who is also a town resident, will assume the role of commanding officer for the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift. He is also the domestic violence officer for the town, which, in its most visible terms, means he provides training and education at the schools and public events.