Pleasanton Police Department and city officials welcomed San Ramon native Nickolas Skaggs as the department's newest police officer during a ceremony last week.
Skaggs expressed his excitement to begin his service to the citizens of Pleasanton and said he is thankful for the opportunity to have achieved getting his "dream job," Pleasanton PD officials said in a statement after the special badge-pinning event Oct. 10.
Police officials said Skaggs rose to the top during a very competitive selection process that included multiple interviews, medical and psychological examinations, and an in-depth background investigation. Skaggs stood out because of his "stellar work history and solid communication skills," they added.
Skaggs joins the department in a lateral transfer from the Campbell Police Department, where he worked the past three years. He decided to pursue law enforcement after graduating from California High School in San Ramon, and he earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration, with a concentration in law enforcement, from California State University, East Bay.
He is set to undergo a 16-week training period before patrolling Pleasanton on his own.