Tyler MacMillan

MIDDLETOWN — The town has a new police officer.

Police Chief Gary Benedict has hired 26-year-old Tyler MacMillan, who started work on Jan. 7.

MacMillan was with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office for two years. He also served four years in the Navy as a rescue swimmer.

He said he is looking forward to his time in the Middletown Police Department.

“I like the atmosphere of a small town police department,” MacMillan said. “You get more hands-on time with the community residents,”

MacMillan said as an officer he tries to give people the benefit of the doubt.

“I am not just here to hammer people, give them tickets and take them to jail,” he said.

MacMillan said he hopes that by joining the department he can be a part of the team that works so residents feel safe in their town and in their homes.

Looking toward the future, MacMillan said he would like to eventually become a K-9 officer. Middletown does not have a K-9 team, and his ultimate goal is to open up a dog obedience school and specialize in training dogs for law enforcement.

Contact Melissa Topey at mtopey@nvdaily.com