Brunswick officer graduates from academy

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BRUNSWICK — Officer Garret Albert has joined the Police Department after graduating from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro last week.

Albert is taking part in field training until March, after which he’ll be able to take on independent patrol shifts, according to Cmdr. Mark Waltz. He was hired in August, before he enrolled in the academy.

Like many departments across the state, Brunswick is struggling to find officers to fill patrol jobs. When Albert was hired, the department was down six patrol officers. Since then, Officer Kerry Wolongevicz joined the department and is expected to complete her field training in January.

The department also hired Officer Nick Bedard, who is set to enroll at the academy in January, and be ready to take on patrol shifts by next August. Waltz said the department is likely to send one more new officer to the academy with Bedard.

Brunswick will also lose Officer Daniel Herbert this month, when he takes a job in Virginia.

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