The first two women police officers in the 121-year history of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department have officially reported for duty.

Andrea Locke and Jennifer Gilson recently graduated from the Municipal Police Training Committee’s Reading Police Academy and have joined the department as permanent officers.

Locke was previously a reserve police officer and full-time dispatcher for the police department. She has a bachelor’s degree from Curry College and is a licensed emergency medical technician.

Gilson was a reserve police officer, part-time dispatcher, and animal control officer for the police department. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She is a licensed emergency medical technician. The two were selected following a competitive exam process.


Gilson and Locke finished first and second from among 44 applicants who went through a competitive hiring process.

The two are spending their initial weeks in a field officer training program in Manchester-by-the-Sea before they begin working regular shifts.

“It is no surprise that Officers Locke and Gilson distinguished themselves throughout the recruitment, selection, and training process, as both were exemplary candidates who rose to the top of a very competitive hiring process,” Police Chief Edward Conley said in a statement. “I am very pleased to welcome them as full-time members of the Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department.”

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.