Wilton police welcome two new officers

This past week has seen two men join the Wilton police force — Graham O'Gorman and Vincent Penna.

O’Gorman of New Canaan always wanted to be a police officer. Now he has the chance.

O’Gorman, 39, was sworn in Sept. 26 during a morning ceremony at the town hall annex as Badge number 71, Wilton Police Department. Town Clerk Lori Kaback swore him in.

O’Gorman was joined for the ceremony by his wife Heather and daughters Abigail, 7, and Emma, 11.

“I’ve always enjoyed helping the community,” he said during a brief interview following the ceremony, at which First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice welcomed him to town and thanked him for the work he will do.

She thanked his family, too, for their support. “Without your support this would not be possible,” Vanderslice told the family.

O’Gorman is leaving behind a career as a landscape architect. He decided he wants to do police work more.

He is a graduate of the Valley Forge Military Academy and the University of Connecticut.

Vincent Penna was sworn in to the police department on Sept. 19. He joins the Wilton force after retiring last year as deputy chief of the Westport Police Department. He has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.

The department will stand at 44 officers when O’Gorman completes his nearly six months of training at the police academy. There would have been 45 officers but there will be a retirement on Oct. 1, Lynch said.

O’Gorman was one of two new officers to be sworn in Wednesday. The other changed his mind and backed out at the last moment, Lynch said.