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Burlington Police Department Welcomes Two New Members to its Ranks

From left, Officer Brendan Hofferty and Devin Neal have been appointed to the Burlington Police Department. (Photos Courtesy Burlington Police Department)

The ranks of the Burlington Police Department just got a bit stronger.

At the recommendation of Chief Thomas Browne and Deputy Chief Robert Kirchner, Town Administrator Paul Sagarino appointed Officer Brendan Hofferty and Officer Devin Neal to the force during the Select Board meeting of Monday, January 10.

“I’d like to congratulate Officer Hofferty and Officer Neal and welcome them to the Burlington Police Department,” Chief Browne said. “They each bring their own unique backgrounds, experiences and skills, which will serve them well as they work on behalf of the entire community.”

Officer Brendan Hofferty

According to a release from the department, Officer Hofferty has worked as a Civilian Dispatcher with the Millis Police Department. He is a 2020 graduate of Merrimack College in North Andover, majoring in Criminal Justice. While attending a Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C., Officer Hofferty interned with the Metropolitan Police Department Office of General Counsel. There he worked alongside Department staff and assisted in civil and criminal cases.

He is an active volunteer, recently serving as a tutor at the Boys & Girls Club in Lawrence, and raising money for causes including assisting disabled veterans, refugees, and those affected by COVID-19.

Officer Devin Neal

According to the release, Officer Neal is a 2021 graduate of Merrimack College in North Andover, majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is currently seeking his Master’s degree from Merrimack College, also in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Officer Neal also maintains an interest in fire services. He has completed several fire service training programs, and interned with the Fire and Explosion Investigation Section of the Massachusetts State Police in Stow. He assisted the Massachusetts State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board in the aftermath of the Columbia Gas explosion in 2018.

Officer Neal has volunteered with several charitable groups in the Merrimack Valley.