By Susan Gonsalves, Contributing Writer
SOUTHBOROUGH – Luke Soccorso was appointed a full-time probationary police officer effective Aug. 19 following a Board of Selectmen’s vote on August 17.
Board members welcomed Soccorso to the town and commended him for his desire to serve as a role model for local youth.
While addressing selectmen, Soccorso noted that he grew up with and is living with a learning disability. That’s an area where he believes he can impact kids experiencing similar challenges.
On that issue, Chair Lisa Braccio replied, “You know what? You’re a role model to kids who may struggle in different areas,” adding that his appointment would serve as an inspiration.
Soccorso also said he is interested in community outreach and hopes to help out with youth sports.
“I’m looking forward to spending many years here involved with the community,” he said.
Police Chief Kenneth Paulhus said Soccorso was selected from a pool of 27 candidates. When a search like this gets down to the last two finalists, the chief said he always thinks about who is the best fit for the community.
Paulhus recalled saying, “We found our one,” to a lieutenant following an interview with Soccorso, who was most recently a campus police officer at Framingham State University.
Soccorso earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Curry College and is a 2018 graduate of the MPTC Special State Police Officer Academy in New Braintree.
Soccorso grew up in Foxboro and now lives in Worcester. His parents were in attendance at the meeting and took photos with the chief and board in celebration of the appointment.
The vacancy in the police department was the result of Patrolman John Officer’s resignation.