By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — The Derry Police Department welcomed a new face to its ranks last week.
Ryan Hickey was officially sworn in as the department’s newest member in a ceremony held at the police station on Sept. 13.
Hickey is a Rochester, Mass., native and comes to Derry after landing at the top of the heap from a stack of applicants for the job.
“Sixty-four young men and women applied,” police Chief Edward Garone said. “Ryan Hickey came out number one. We are pleased and honored to have him join our ranks.”
Hickey attended Saint Anselm College after graduating from Bishop Stang High School.
He has experience with volunteering and coaching inner city youth as part of the Manchester Police Athletic League.
He also did an internship in England, working with a special response team and a K-9 unit, receiving specialized training on police tactics and K-9 operations.
“We’re hoping this will be the very beginning of a very long and meaningful career for Ryan,” Garone said.
After Hickey’s mother Diana pinned the police badge on his uniform, Garone presented his new hire with his police identification.
Hickey will be part of the 162nd full-time Police Academy that started on Sept. 16.
His expected graduation date is December of this year.
He said he was looking forward to working in Derry.
“I appreciate all the support, it really means a lot,” he said. “I look forward to working with all of you.”