August 15 2017

Burlington Police Department Adds Two New Officers to Roster


The Burlington Police Department has two new members.

At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting Town Administrator John Petrin appointed Keith Hodges, Jr., and Matthew Trahan to the force at the recommendation of Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent.

Officer Keith Hodges, Jr. graduated from Stonehill College with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a minor in Spanish, a release from the department states. He comes to the department after having served with the Barnstable Police Department for over a year as its Community Service Officer. Additionally, he acted as the treasurer in the Criminology Club while at Stonehill and volunteered with My Brother’s Keeper, a nonprofit organization that helps families in need.

“His hands-on experience with the community, along with his proficient language skills in Spanish will be a welcome addition to the department in his role as patrol officer,” the release states. “Officer Hodges graduated from Woburn High School and is the son of Keith and Deborah Hodges of Woburn.”

Officer Matthew Trahan graduated from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology. Trahan, a resident of Burlington, graduated from Burlington High School and is the son of Martin and Nora Trahan.

“Officer Trahan’s work experience as a Correctional Officer with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in Billerica, combined with his experience as a security officer with Andrews International Government Services in Bedford, provide an excellent foundation on which to continue to build his career,” the release states. “Officer Trahan additionally interned with the Woburn Police Department where he was able to gain hands on experience of police procedure and practices.”

Likewise, Officer Trahan has considerable language skills in Arabic as well as having numerous certifications in First Aid, CPR and AED usage and is First Responder Certified along with being trained in Active Shooter while at the Sheriff’s department.

“A police officer’s role is dynamic and as a result, highly skilled and highly educated individuals are in great demand. Officers Trahan and Hodges bring a wide variety of experiences to our team that will help them succeed and better serve our community,” Chief Kent said. “I am confident in their abilities and am proud to appoint these two new officers to our growing department.”

At the meeting Petrin said he was pleased with the backgrounds and credentials of the new officers.


“I have been very impressed with level of candidates we are getting as part of the hiring process,” he said.


The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to waive the 15-day waiting period on new town employees.


 Photo Caption, from right: Burlington Police Department Captain Gregory Skehan, Officer Keith Hodges Jr., Officer Matthew Trahan and Chief Michael Kent. (Burlington Police Department Courtesy Photo)



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