The streets of Andover are a little safer today with the hiring of five new patrolmen and promotion of three to police sergeants.
On Oct. 29, the eight officers were sworn in to their new posts by City Clerk Larry Murphy during a ceremony at the Public Safety Center on North Main Street.
The event marks the completion of a restructuring of the department by recently appointed Police Chief Patrick Keefe.
The sergeants, who were promoted from patrolmen, are Steven Gerroir, Gregory Scott and Frank Fitzpatrick.
The new patrolmen are Matthew Goodale, Michael Anderson, Eliot Siegel, Owen Fitzpatrick and Angelo Tavares. Of the five new officers, one went through the academy last year and the rest completed the training requirements in July.
According to Lt. Edward Guy, the promotions were a result of movement within the department following the retirements of former Chief Brian Pattullo and Lts. William McKenzie and Harry Collins.
There are now 39 patrolmen, seven sergeants, five lieutenants, one commander and one chief for a total of 53 sworn officers in the department.