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QCC’s Police Academy Graduates Realize 100 Percent Job Placement

Contact: Karen Hutner
Office of Institutional Communications
khutner [at]

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WORCESTER, MA— May 1, 2023 — Quinsigamond Community College’s (QCC) Police Academy held its second graduation ceremony of the Academy’s extended format program on April 27, 2023, and already the entire graduating class of 17 officers have all secured employment.

“We are delivering highly skilled officers to communities across the Commonwealth. I’m so proud of our graduates and this program,” said QCC’s Chief of Police and Director of the Police Academy, Kevin Ritacco.

The Academy runs courses during the evenings and on weekends. Graduates from the program are eligible for entry-level hiring into a law enforcement agency, pending a department’s specific requirements and standards.

Among the speakers and dignitaries at the graduation were Municipal Police Training Committee Director of Training Andrea Nardone and Executive Director Chief Robert J. Ferullo, Jr., (Ret.), Worcester Assistant District Attorney Edward Karcasinas, Jr. and Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association President Yessenia Gomez.

QCC Police Academy 2023 graduates and places of employment include:

  • Antonio Baez-Quero - Assumption University Police Department
  • Jorge Duque Beltran - Holy Cross College Police Department
  • Eric Esteves - Ware Police Department
  • Andrew Frimpong - Wayland Police Department
  • Riniel Liriano - Sutton Police Department 
  • Jeffrey McCray - Wayland Police Department
  • Derek Mendes - Quinsigamond Community College Police Department
  • Klevis Nako - Shirley Police Department
  • Nicholas Nuttall - Assumption University Police Department
  • Marcos Oliveira - Maynard Police Department
  • Richard Reuss - Framingham State University Police Department
  • Labady Riviere - (waiting for official hiring date)
  • Duche Romeus - Salem State University Police Department
  • Ivette Marily Rosa - Worcester State University Police Department
  • Derek Sorensen - Littleton Police Department
  • Michael St. Martin - West Boylston Police Department
  • Brendan Sweitzer - Westborough Police Department

The Academy is authorized by the Municipal Police Training Committee, under the direction of Chief Ritacco and Academy Deputy Director, Captain Joseph Cecchi.

To learn more visit QCC’s Police Academy.

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.