DERRY — Derry police honored the promotions of two of their own in a ceremony April 10 at the station.
John Cooney was promoted to the level of lieutenant and Christopher Talbot was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Both men were honored before family, friends and fellow officers at the ceremony.
Cooney joined the Derry Police Department in 1990 and is in his 24th year on the force. He worked as a sergeant for the past seven years and also served as a shift supervisor.
He has held many specialized assignments through his career, including field training officer, PBT instructor and OCAT instructor.
Cooney has been a member of the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit, and is currently assigned as both a tactical incident commander and a team leader within his unit.
Talbot came to the Derry force in 2004 and previously worked as a part-time officer in Hampton.
He was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol Services for four years and received specialized training in cyber crime investigation, crime scene processing, and death and homicide investigations.
Talbot also has other specialized assignments, including CPR instructor, OHRV patrol and accident reconstruction.
Police Chief Edward Garone presided over the ceremony and said it’s always a pleasure to welcome the promotions of officers in his force.
“These promotions today are an example of excellence and I’m looking forward to many years of service from each other them,” he said.