The Pleasanton Police Department has added two new officers and promoted two others to higher ranks.
Maria Munayer has been promoted from sergeant to lieutenant and Benjamin Sarasua was promoted from officer to sergeant. Two new officers, Matt Harvey and Ken White, have also sworn in. All these jobs filled vacancies.
Munayer, an Alamo native, joined PPD in 2001 and has served on patrol, as a detective, on the SWAT team and in the Special Enforcement Unit. She also co-founded the Bridgewatch Angels, a non-profit organization that organizes officers who patrol the Golden Gate Bridge during holidays to prevent suicides. She received her B.S. from University of San Francisco, and her master's in leadership studied from St. Mary's College.
Sarasua, a Pleasanton native and Amador Valley graduate, served in the marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom before joining the department in 2007. He's served on the SWAT/sniper team, force operations, as a detective and as a field training officer, as well as assisted with the department's strategic planning committee and branding campaign. He received his bachelor's in criminal justice from California State University, Hayward, and his master's in emergency management from American Military University.
Harvey and White graduated from the Southbay Regional Police Academy in San Jose on Sept. 1 before being sworn in.
Harvey, a Foothill High alumnus, is a former Pleasanton Police Explorer. White is a former Nordstrom loss-prevention officer.