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OFF.Morneau Reading Academy2On Monday, March 16th, Officer Matt Morneau of the Nahant Police Department returned to the Reading Police Academy to address the new Police Officer Recruits that had just started the Reading Academy on March 14th.

Officer Morneau could easily relate to them; just last September, he started as a recruit at the MPTC Reading Police Academy and was sitting in the same classroom where they were assembled.  Now, just six months later, he was on the job at Nahant putting into practice all he had learned at the Academy.  The class of new recruits could not have had a better recent graduate to share their experiences with because Officer Morneau just happened to be the top graduate in his class.  Officer Morneau graduated on February 11th, 2016 and was awarded with the Brian J. Daley Academic Award of Excellence for scoring the highest in the class academically.  Morneau finished the academy with a 98.9 percent overall academic average.

His Department was extremely proud of him for his achievements.  “Out of the 43 recruits, he was number one academically, which is a huge accomplishment,” said Nahant Police Chief Robert Dwyer. “Going through the police academy for over 23 weeks, to come out on top out of 43 (people) is quite an honor.”

Officer Morneau shared his experiences at the Academy with the new students and recommended they work as hard as possible each and every day on every aspect of the Academy for all 23 weeks.  He explained to the new students that he was not the top student through most of the Academy but just kept working as hard as he could every day.  He was totally surprised when he learned he was the top graduate.   He also talked about how that type of 100% effort will impact your ability to do the job once out on the street.   “Whether it’s your first day or your last day on the job, when somebody calls you, they don’t expect an officer who is 70 percent good. They want as close to 100% as possible,” Morneau said.  Always striving for 100% was also one of the four challenges the MPTC Executive Director, Dan Zivkovich, had expressed upon the new officers at graduation.  It certainly resonated with Officer Morneau.

Originally from Peabody, Morneau said he has wanted to become a police officer for as long as he can remember. “I just felt that’s what I was supposed to do,” he said. “It’s more of a calling. Your profession calls you to do it.”

The new recruits of the RO-25th Class thoroughly enjoyed Officer Morneau’s visit and listened intently to all he had to share with them.  When the top graduate of the RO-25th class walks across the stage in just about 6 months from now, they will surely recall Officer Morneau’ s advice on being a 100% Police Officer.

 

The photograph and content of this blog by Academy Director Dan May, MPTC Reading Police Academy.

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