DERRY — The Derry Police force added a new member Wednesday during a swearing-in ceremony at the department.
Officer Daniel McCarthy was sworn in by Police Chief Ed Garone as family and friends looked on.
Eighty people applied for the position earlier in the year, Garone said. McCarthy was the only candidate to make it all the way through a grueling selection process that included physical and psychological testing.
"This is a pretty good process of elimination," Garone said, adding the department is seeking the "best of the best."
McCarthy was born in Methuen, Mass. He grew up there and went on to graduate from Methuen High School.
He is pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Fitchburg State University, according to police.
McCarthy has worked recently as a part-time officer with the Hampton Police Department. He graduated from the 263rd N.H. Part-Time Police Academy earlier this year and spent the remainder of summer working as an officer at Hampton Beach.
McCarthy will be part of the 163rd New Hampshire Full-Time Police Academy. The academy is scheduled to begin on Jan. 6, with an anticipated graduation date of April 11, 2014.