DARIEN — Darien has welcomed a five-year veteran of the Bridgeport as the latest addition to their police department.

On Nov. 29, Police Commission Chairman Paul Johnson and Police Chief Ray Osborne swore in Eric Holder to the Darien Police Department.

Holder was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. and graduated Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, also in Brooklyn, in 1996. He attended Lincoln University and Empire State College before joining the Bridgeport Police Department in 2012 as a field training officer.

Holder’s training with Darien began upon his swearing-in. He will start off as a patrol officer.

“He brings a lot to the table as far as experience and training,” Osborne said. “He expressed a desire during the interview process to come to Darien. He heard a lot of good things about our department. We were happy to get someone with his experience level.”

Holder is now the 50th officer in the Darien Department. Osborne said the department is still looking to hire one more officer to get them up to their full force of 51 and will be testing newcomers for the position in January.

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