Over the course of the next few weeks, we will introduce our six newest officers that graduated from the MBTA Transit Academy on April 27th. At this point, all have completed the in-house portion of their field training (rules, regulations, etc). They have now moved into one of the most important aspects of policing - street patrol. Each new officer is assigned to a Field Training Officer who will help them get to know the city and how we, as a department, operate.
We've asked each of them to answer a few questions to help you get to know him a little better.
Please meet Officer Michael McNeil. Michael is currently in the Unites States Marine Corps Reserve. Oorah!
Q: Why did you want to become a police officer? When did you realize that it was what you wanted to do?
A: I wanted to give back to the community that gave a lot to me. I realized this when I met a Quincy police officer when I was 10.
Q: What activities do you enjoy on your time off?
A: Fishing, hiking, shooting, and exercising
Q: What's the best advice you have ever received and who gave it to you?
A: Mind over Matter - If you don't mind, it don't matter. It was given to me by my Gunnery Sergeant Lopez.
Q: What was the last book you read?
A: The Last Stand of Fox Company
Q: What do you think will be the hardest part of this job?
A: Learning the community and parts of the city I did not spend time in while growing up. Even though I have lived in Quincy for over 20 years, there are parts of the city that I'm unfamiliar with.
Q: What was your favorite subject in the police academy? Firearms training.
If you see Officer McNeil around, please make it a point to welcome him!