METHUEN — Mayor Neil Perry and Police Chief Joseph Solomon are pleased to welcome back Methuen Police Officer Eric Ferreira after his year-long military leave. Officer Ferreira was deployed from June 2019 to June 2020 with the United States Marines in Okinawa Japan. During this time overseas, he was also stationed in mainland Japan and the Philippines as part of the National Defense Strategy.
He has been a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves for nearly two decades and has been deployed overseas numerous times. Officer Ferreira joined the Methuen Police Department in July 2012.
He previously served as a police officer for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, MD and for the Hudson Police Department in Hudson, NH.
“We are proud to welcome Officer Ferreira back, and are grateful for his years of service as a member of the Methuen Police Department and the United States Marine Corps,” Chief Solomon said.
“He is an exemplary leader, and has made himself a vital member of the department through his actions and experience.”
Additionally, Officer Ferreira is a member of the Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s Rapid Response Team, helping to respond to calls such as missing Alzheimer’s patients, missing children and crowd control.
He assisted with the security and safety at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC in 2017. He is a firearms instructor at the Methuen Police Department as well. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
He also ran the 2016 Boston Marathon as part of the Perkins Marathon Team benefiting the Perkins School for the Blind in honor of his son, Eric, who is a student at the school.
He currently lives in Methuen with his family.
“It is with great pride that we welcome Officer Ferreira back after he began his military leave last year,” Mayor Perry said. “All of us in Methuen are grateful for his continued commitment and dedication to serve our community with honor and distinction.”