Two police officers with nearly 50 combined years of experience in Montgomery County have been appointed to the rank of assistant chief.

Assistant Chiefs Darryl McSwain and Luther Reynolds will lead the patrol bureau and management services bureau, respectively. The Montgomery County Council approved the appointments last week.

McSwain will lead the patrol bureau, which oversees six district stations and was recently formed in a reorganization of the Montgomery County police structure.

"I'm certainly excited about the new position and, quite frankly, honored to have been considered," McSwain said. "I do see it as a position of trust and one of great responsibility, but ... I have a wonderful group of people to work with."

McSwain joined the department in September 1988 as a patrol officer. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Bowie State University and the 240th session of the FBI National Academy. Before his appointment to assistant chief, McSwain was director of the special operations division.

Reynolds, who became a Montgomery County police officer in 1989, will lead the management services bureau, which includes police hiring, training, budget, technology and other divisions. He graduated from Florida State University, Johns Hopkins University and the 224th session of the FBI National Academy.

"Partly I think what drives me is a real sense of community," said Reynolds, who has lived in Montgomery County for most of his life. "I love this county -- I feel a connection to the communities that we're responsible for."

Most recently, Reynolds was commander in the 5th District, the northern part of Montgomery County.

"I'm constantly learning -- that's one of the things I love about this police department, this job," he said.