The New Canaan Police Department swore in two new officers Tuesday, bringing the size of the force to 47 officers.

Officers William J. Sheehan, 24, and Kelly M. Coughlin, 21, were sworn in during a brief ceremony at New Canaan Town Hall, as Chief Leon Krolikowski, and Captains Vincent DeMaio and John DiFederico looked on.

The hiring of the two candidates from civilian jobs is a departure from the recent past when the department hired certified officers from other departments, Krolikowski said. Coughlin’s hiring is the first hiring of a female officer in eight years.

“We’re excited to bring on entry level officers,” Krolikowksi said. “Previously we’ve hired lateral officers and it is a different process and a different kind of candidate.”

Sheehan who grew up in Stony Point, N.Y., most recently worked at Environmental Construction in that town and worked as an account manager for Coca Cola in Carlstadt, N.J. He graduated from North Rockland High School and graduated from Coastal Carolina University where he studied sports and business management.

Sheehan said he gradually began to be consider a career as a police officer because of the influence of uncles and cousins who are New York City police officers.

“I’m just excited to begin my training because I know there is a lot for me to learn and retain,” Sheehan said. “I just want to be the best police officer I can be.”

Coughlin is a graduate of Trumbull High School. She graduated from the College of New Jersey last month with a degree in criminology and a minor in Spanish.

Coughlin, who played basketball in college for four years, said she was attracted to a police career because she feels it is a more active job for someone who is athletic.

“I’ve always had an interest in the field and I thought it would be a job that is very active and would be a challenge for me,” Coughlin said.

Both will attend the Connecticut State Police Academy in Meriden beginning Thursday and will graduate in December.

The starting salary for the job is $58,779, Krolikowski said.