STONINGTON — Philip Carrier, of Groton, was sworn in Monday as the newest member of the Stonington Police Department. His badge was pinned on by his girlfriend Amber Spivey, of Ledyard.
Carrier, 23, is a graduate of Fitch High School and Three Rivers Community College, and has volunteered at a local domestic violence shelter. He will be undergoing department orientation all week, and will begin training at the Connecticut Police Academy on Friday.
“Phil is a hard-working guy,” said Chief J. Darren Stewart. “He gives 100 percent of everything he’s got.”
“Everywhere I go, people talk about his character,” added Capt. Jerry Desmond.
After the brief swearing-in ceremony in front of family and well-wishers, Carrier thanked everyone for their support.
“I look forward to working in this great community,” he said.
Carrier will be taking one of two empty slots in the department’s 36-officer roster, Stewart said. Both vacancies are because of retirements.
Desmond described the process that Carrier had to undergo before being chosen for the position. Prior to interviews by the Board of Police Commissioners, there were written and oral exams, a background check, and polygraph and psychological evaluations.
“You had a lot of hurdles to jump through,” Desmond said.
Scott Bates, chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners, said the board looks for the right balance of commitment to public service and temperament, among other qualities, when choosing who to hire.
In addition to Carrier’s family, two members of the Groton City police force were at Monday’s ceremony. Sgt. Eric Jenkins and retired patrolman Ron Jenkins, brothers, took an interest in Carrier when he was young, and mentored him.
“It’s a great day for the Stonington Police Department,” Bates said. “These are the days we love in the police department.”