MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Carmel Police Department hired its ninth new police officer in the past 13 months this month when Patterson resident David Garcia was sworn in by Supervisor Ken Schmitt.

Garcia, 32, is a 2005 graduate of Carmel High School. He was introduced at the Town Board’s Aug. 21 meeting.

After graduating high school, Garcia joined the Army Reserve, doing three overseas tours of duty—one in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. It was while he was in the service that he discovered his calling was in law enforcement.

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“I kind of figured it out when I was in the Army,” he said. “I was in a military police unit, and you are surrounded by cops. You just start learning about the job. I thought, ‘you know what, this is a great fit for me.’”

Garcia joined the White Plains Police Department five and a half years ago but eventually longed to return to his hometown and continue his career there.

“I just threw my resume out there, mostly for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and Carmel PD,” he said. “I wanted to work in my community. After having the five years’ experience in White Plains, I wanted to come home.”

Being a local boy, Garcia said he knows the area well and can’t wait to start the job on Sept. 2.

“I am ready to hit the ground running. I’m very excited,” he said. “The chief has been great to me and everyone has been very supportive. I can’t wait to get to work.”

Garcia and his wife, Nicole, have four children—Vincent, Dominic, Shea, and David—all of whom were on hand for the swearing-in ceremony at Town Hall.