A new officer has joined the Rockland Police Department, and his name is a familiar one.

Logan Finnegan was sworn in this week as a patrol officer.

He is the son of Donald Finnegan, who retired in 2017 as a detective sergeant in Rockland after 25 years with the department.

Logan Finnegan grew up in the Rockland area, and after graduating from Oceanside High School in Rockland, he enlisted in the Marines. Logan went in to "signals intelligence" working with radios, computers and satellites.

He completed his enlistment as a sergeant last month. During his enlistment with the Marine Corps, he received various awards including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Last month, he completed the first two phases of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's law enforcement pre-service course.

The new officer said he decided to pursue a career in law enforcement because he wanted to help people.

"I believe I can best help the people of my community in this capacity. I grew up around law enforcement officers and have seen the impact first-hand of what compassionate, dedicated professionals can have on a community," the young Finnegan said.

"I chose Rockland PD because of my connection to the area, and because my father retired from Rockland PD recently. I saw the passion and excellence that he brought to the job, which made me want to do the same. I have my community and my family to thank for shaping me into who I am today, so I want to give back to them as much as I can," he said.

One of Logan Finnegan's first visitors after being born at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport was his father's patrol partner, then rookie patrol officer Chris Young, who is now the chief.