GRAFTON, Mass. — James O'Brien was appointed Grafton's newest police officer Tuesday and will formally join the force after completing the Worcester Police Academy.
O'Brien, 36, a Grafton resident, has been serving as an intermittent police officer since 2005, Police Chief Normand Crepeau Jr. said.
"He's performed beyond expectations," Crepeau told the Board of Selectmen, praising O'Brien's willingness to work the details no other officer wanted.
O'Brien has been accepted into the Worcester Police Academy and will start in October. Once those 26 weeks of training are complete, he will be paired with Grafton officers until he has learned the ropes, Crepeau said.
"They get the training at the background, but putting it into practice needs some on-the-job training," he said.