The Melrose Police Department is pleased to announce its two newest officers were sworn in on Monday.

Officers Andrew Ruby and Thomas Grant were sworn in during a socially distanced ceremony on Monday, Feb. 1 at the Melrose City Hall. The two will now begin their 10-week field training program.

“I am excited to welcome these new officers to our department,” Mayor Paul Brodeur said. “They bring outstanding training and experience to the job and have already worked with our kids.”

“Please join me in welcoming these two new officers to the department,” Chief Michael Lyle said. “Their experience will make them a great asset to our department and we look forward to working with them as they complete their field training in the coming weeks.”

Officer Ruby, a lifelong resident of Melrose, is the first in his family to pursue a career in law enforcement. After high school, Ruby went on to attend Roger Williams University and holds a degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. He is an engaged community member, and is involved with the Melrose Youth Hockey and Lacrosse programs.

Officer Grant, another lifelong resident of Melrose, began his law enforcement career in February 2020 as an officer for the Northeastern University Police Department. He self-sponsored himself to attend the Methuen Police Academy through the Melrose Police Department in 2019. He previously worked as a Transportation Security Officer at Logan Airport and as the assistant site coordinator for the after school Education Stations program for Melrose. He attended the American Academy of Person Training in Boston, where he graduated with a degree in personal training.

The two are part of a handful of new hires Melrose Police have brought on this winter. On Dec. 4, 2020, three new officers — Alexander Wilson, Ashley Baldwin and Lucas Kaestner — were sworn in and began their field training program. The three are set to complete their training next week.

Melissa Proulx worked at JGPR from Jan. 2020 to April 2021.

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