Collier to be posthumously introduced as Somerville police officer


SOMERVILLE, Mass. ( -- Slain MIT officer Sean Collier will be posthumously introduced as a member of the Somerville Police Department Thursday.

Mayor Joseph Curtatone will join Chief of Police Thomas Pasquarello at the Somerville Board of Alderman meeting to formally introduce Collier as a member of the police force.

In June, Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill allowing the 27-year-old to be appointed to the police department. Members of his family joined Somerville officials and lawmakers at the governor's office for the ceremonial signing.

Collier was a Somerville resident and had been offered a job with the Somerville Police Department prior to his death. His family said he was looking forward to joining the force.

The 27-year-old Wilmington native was fatally shot on April 18 while sitting in his police cruiser in Cambridge. Authorities allege he was attacked by the two brothers suspected in the deadly April 15 marathon bombing.