The Pleasanton Police Department welcomed its newest officer last month when Officer Joseph Garcia was sworn in by Police Chief Dave Spiller.
Garcia joined the department as a lateral transfer from the Piedmont Police Department, where he worked as a police officer since 2012. Before that, he worked as a community service officer for his hometown police department in Brentwood.
Born in Fremont and raised in Brentwood, Garcia graduated from Liberty High School. He earned an associate's degree in liberal arts from Los Medanos Junior College before completing a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice management at Union Institute and University, with a satellite campus in Sacramento.
In his off-duty time, Garcia said he enjoys spending time with his family and anything that has to do with football.
Garcia began an intensive field training process after starting in Pleasanton on Jan. 10, after which he will be assigned to patrol the city as a solo officer, according to department officials.