Selectmen appoint new police officers
By Chris Kopacko, Contributing Writer
Police Chief Alan Gordon requested that Rizolli be appointed to fill a full-time opening at the Police Department after the departure of Officer Paul Pinto, who left the department two months ago to serve in his hometown of Milford. Pinto served with the Westborough Police Department for three years.
Gordon said that he chose Rizolli as a candidate for the job because he had the best test scores among all those who applied – about 120 in all.
“There was unbelievable quality … it was extremely difficult,” Gordon said. “When it came down to it, I chose the candidate with the top score overall, which was [Rizolli].”
Rizolli holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and is currently a recruit at the MBTA Transit Police Academy, where he is due to graduate in July. He also comes from a family of law enforcement, as his grandfather was a police officer and his father is currently a police sergeant in Milford.
Selectman Denny Drewry mentioned how he thought Rizolli’s background in law enforcement would be beneficial to his future as a police officer.
“Police work’s very difficult,” he said. “It’s more than just giving out tickets, it’s a dedication 24 hours-a -day, and you’ve seen that through your dad and your grand-dad.”
Rizolli expressed his excitement to begin working as a police officer in Westborough.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,” he said. “I won’t let you guys down.”
Gordon also requested that Michael Prizio be appointed as a Reserve Intermittent Police Officer.
Prizio, a graduate from the Worcester Police Academy, holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University and was among the top scoring candidates who applied, according to Gordon. He has ties to Westborough as his family owns the Regatta Deli on Colonial Drive.
“Hopefully sometime in the future we’ll be able to bring him back for employment as a full-time police officer,” Gordon said.
Prizio expressed his gratitude to Gordon and the selectmen for the opportunity.
“I’m honored to be here,” he said. “I look forward to serving the community in this role.”
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