New officers welcomed, familiar faces promoted in Mattapoisett
MATTAPOISETT — On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the conference room of the Mattapoisett Fire Department was full of police officers.
They were there with friends, family and colleagues to officially welcome Isaac Perry and Benjamin Church to the Mattapoisett Police Department, and to celebrate the promotion of Justin King and Scott LeBlanc from sergeant to lieutenant.
“I would reiterate that police recruitment across the United States is still at a historical low. It's very difficult to find qualified candidates,” said Mattapoisett Police Chief Jason King. “Policing is not just a profession, it's a calling of commitment to serve and protect. It's a vow to uphold justice, stand against injustice and be there for those in need.”
Perry began working as the Mattapoisett Harbormaster in June, said Jason King. He is a 1992 graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School and previously worked as the Marion Harbormaster and as a Rochester police officer.
Church has been working as a police officer since May, said Jason King. He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School in 2009 and previously worked as a police officer and state police officer in New Hampshire.
In addition to welcoming Perry and Church, Justin King and LeBlanc were promoted to lieutenant.
According to Jason King, “the lieutenant position in the Mattapoisett Police Department is a very important and demanding position” that helps to enforce and ensure compliance with Massachusetts general laws.
Justin King has served in the Mattapoisett Police Department for 28 years, said Jason King, and was promoted to sergeant in 2018. He has held roles in the department including safety officer, honor guard, fleet manager, hate crime liaison and more. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree from UMass Lowell.
LeBlanc has served in the Mattapoisett Police Department for 25 years, said Jason King. He was promoted to sergeant in 2019. LeBlanc has held roles in the department including marine patrol, honor guard, supervisor of detectives and more.
“As both of these sergeants step into their new roles, I have all confidence they will continue to lead with integrity and fairness,” said Jason King.