Travis Tremblay is the newest addition to the North Reading Police Department. After working as a reserve officer for the department, Tremblay was hired as a full-time officer in November.
Tremblay grew up in North Reading and went on to study Criminal Justice at Johnson and Wales. He became a reserve officer in Tewksbury in 2009 and then in North Reading last Spring.
"I've always wanted to be a police officer," he said. "That or a vet."
His father, Sergeant Larry Tremblay, has been with the NRPD for about 30 years, he said, and one of the reasons he decided to join the force.
His time at the NRPD has been "good so far" since he already knew the officers and was able to complete his eight-week field training there.
He completed his first patrol shift as a full-time officer on his own this past week and is looking forward to "learning experiences that will make me a better police officer," he told Patch.
Working as a full-time officer will be different than his previous position as a reserve officer he said, because he has more responsibility.
"They look for you to be more proactive than reactive,” he explained.
In his spare time he coaches wrestling in Winchester with his father, but is taking this year off as he did not know what to expect with his new responsibilities as an officer.
He currently lives in North Reading with his two dogs.