Lancaster city police Officer Nicholas Langan

Newest Lancaster city police Officer Nicholas Langan, at left, is sworn in by Mayor Rick Gray at a ceremony at city hall on Thursday.

Lancaster city police have hired an officer who is coming from the Baltimore City Police Department.

Officer Nicholas Langan was sworn in by Lancaster Mayor Richard Gray during a ceremony Thursday at city hall.

Langan, who is 25, served for three years as a patrolman in Baltimore and will be assigned to the patrol division here, Lancaster city police Lt. Todd Umstead said.

The hiring process takes months, city police Sgt. Bill Hickey said. Langan took the Lancaster County Chiefs of Police test last summer, long before riots thrust Baltimore into the national spotlight. Hickey did not know Langan's motivation to come to Lancaster.

“His hiring had nothing to do with what has happened in recent weeks in Baltimore,” Hickey said. Langan will not be giving any interviews. He will spend a few weeks training and learning the different divisions in the department before being assigned to a patrol shift.

Langan graduated from Mt. Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore and attended Stevenson University in Maryland. He is married and has three children. The family is relocating to Lancaster County, Umstead said.