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April 25, 2014

From salesman to police officer

Former Councilor Benson changes career after moving to New Orleans

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He moved to Massachusetts from Louisiana at age 5, so in a sense his return to the Bayou State is a homecoming of sorts.

With its reputation as a violent and rebuilding city firmly entrenched across the country, New Orleans presents a significant challenge for Benson, whose only previous experience with police was when he served as a practice target for Amesbury police officers when they first acquired tazers.

While admitting the challenges ahead, Benson said he was excited for the opportunity and ready to join the ranks of New Orleans’ law enforcement family.

“I’d like to be part of what fixes it,” Benson said, regarding New Orleans’ violent reputation.

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