March 14 2016
Burlington Police Department Welcomes a BHS 2011 Grad as Newest Member
By: Rich Hosford
The Burlington Police Department welcomed a new member to its ranks on Monday night.
Town Administrator John Petrin appointed Nikolas Saledas to the department during Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting.
A Burlington native, Saledas, is the son of Louis and Pamela Saledas and graduated from Burlington High School’s Class of 2011.
Saledas is a certified EMT and previously worked as a patrol officer at the MIT Police Department after completing the Lowell Police Academy in May. He is a recipient of the 2015 Officer Sean A. Collier Self Sponsor Scholarship and received the highest academic award for Platoon 2 while at the academy.
For over a year, from May 2012 to August 2013, Saledas served as an intern at the Burlington Police Department. Kent said is pleased to welcome him back in his new role.
"Officer Saledas already knows the inner workings of our department, and with experience at the MIT Police Department, we know he will bring valuable skills to the town," he said. "We are glad to see him return to his roots to serve and protect our citizens."
Saledas has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a concentration in law enforcement administration from the University of New Haven.
Chair of the Board of Selectmen Mike Runyan said he believes Petrin and Kent made a good choice with this hire.
“I had heard through the grapevine some very glowing comments and remarks about him,” he said. “It sounds like we have a fine candidate.”
About the Officer Sean A. Collier Self Sponsor Scholarship:
On April 18, 2013, the MIT Police lost a brother and a friend, Officer Sean Collier. In order to honor him in the best way they know how, officers set up a scholarship fund that would send one self-sponsored MIT recruit through the Lowell Police Academy annually. Officer Collier self-sponsored himself through the Transit Academy in order to start his law enforcement career. This recruit will have the honor of wearing MIT’s patch in Officer Sean Collier’s memory.