By Brenda Crowell

Staff Reporter

Milford Interim Police Chief James Falvey, along with Deputy Chiefs John Sanchioni and Robert Tusino, presented the Police Department’s newly-promoted Sergeants at the March 28 Select Board meeting.

“It’s not just law enforcement. That’s the smallest piece of everything they do,” said Select Board member and former Milford Police Chief Thomas O’Loughlin. “It’s helping people, being there for people in moments when they really need them.”

The personnel moves will be key in keeping the Police Department in line with police reform legislation and will enable the Department to reduce overtime and be better-equipped to deal with multiple critical situations.

Michael Mastroianni, Kevin O’Loughlin, Paul Pinto, Joseph Rizzoli, and Steven Sousa were promoted to Sergeant.

Mastroianni has more than 24 years of criminal justice experience and has been with the Milford Police Department since 2004, starting in the Patrol Division and moving to the Detective Division in 2009. He has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Administration and is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan for most of 2002. He is also a certified Firearms Instructor.

O’Loughlin, son of Select Board member and former Milford Police Chief Thomas O’Loughlin, began his law enforcement career as an auxiliary officer for the Milford Police Department. He later worked for the Westborough Police Department before transferring to Milford in 2017. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria and is an Army veteran who served six years in the Massachusetts National Guard. He was assigned to the Patrol Division in 2017 and the Special Operations Unit from 2019-20, and has numerous specialty trainings.

Pinto, a 13-year veteran of law enforcement, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Worcester State University and began his career in 2005 as a dispatcher for the Milford Police Department, where he stayed until 2008, when he was the first self-sponsor to attend a full-time police academy through the Milford Police Department. After his graduation from Boylston Police Academy, he was hired by Westborough Police Department in 2009. In 2012, he transferred to Milford. He had previously been assigned to the patrol division and as the fleet maintenance and licensing officer and most recently was assigned as a School Resource Officer.

Rizzoli began his nine-year career in law enforcement as a patrolman for Westborough Police Department in 2012. He transferred to Milford and was assigned to the patrol division in 2014. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and was previously assigned to the firearms and licensing bureau as well as fleet maintenance officer. He has specialty training in public records and accident reconstruction.

Sousa, who has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria, is a six-year law enforcement veteran who began his criminal justice career as a dispatcher and auxiliary officer for the Milford Police Department. He worked for the Hopedale Police Department before transferring to Milford Police Department in 2017. He moved to the Special Operations Unit in 2020 after being assigned to the patrol division and has specialty training as a field training officer and training in investigative tactics in addition to being Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) School certified and Multi-Assault Counter-Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) certified.