HUDSON – The Hudson Police Department has a new lieutenant and sergeant.
During the Jan. 23 meeting, the Select Board approved the promotion of Sgt. Roger Downing to lieutenant and Officer Sam Leandres to sergeant.
Downing has been with the department since 1998 and is currently the patrol supervisor. Downing has also served as a school resource officer, the firearm instructor, armorer, an operator with the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC) SWAT team and community action team supervisor.
“Roger has been one of our go-to guys over the years. I’m excited to be able to promote him,” said DiPersio.
Leandres has been part of the Hudson department since 2016, and he is currently a patrol K-9 handler with his partner, Jocko, and assigned to the CEMLEC SWAT K-9 team.
As the K-9 handler, DiPersio said Leandres has served as a “quasi-supervisor.”
“I think he’s ready for this new challenge. He’s going to be a great asset to the supervisory staff here, and I’m excited for him,” DiPersio said.