Ray Jones, a retired Baltimore City police officer, joined the Sykesville Police Department last week. His appointment brings the town force to seven officers.
"He comes to us very qualified for the job," said Matthew H. Candland, town manager.
A 20-year veteran of police work, Mr. Jones, 42, has a bachelor's degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He has worked as a member of the Quick Response Team and is trained in counter-sniper tactics and radar detection.