BURRILLVILLE – A former resident of Northborough, Mass. who is just a few courses shy of obtaining a master’s degree in criminal justice has joined the Burrillville Police Department as a probationary officer.

Sean Mulkern was hired by the department in July but like all officers, had to complete his training at the Rhode Island Police Academy before he could be officially sworn in.

According to Col. Stephen Lynch, Mulkern graduated from the academy in December in the top ten of his class. He had an initial, private swearing in ceremony in December, but a second ceremony with limited guests was held during the Burrillville Town Council meeting this week.

Mulkern worked as a loss prevention officer for Kohl’s and interned at the Somerville, Mass. Police Department in their Homeland Security unit. In 2019, he was hired as a reserve officer for the York Police Department in York, Maine.

He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/law enforcement at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2019, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Lynch noted that the department’s newest recruit was on Dean’s List all four years at the college. He is currently four courses short of obtaining his master’s degree in criminal justice.

Lynch noted that Mulkern recently relocated and is now a resident of Burrillville. He was sworn in by Town Clerk Vicki Martin.

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