The Pleasanton Police Department has welcomed two Tri-Valley natives as the city's newest police officers.
Amador Valley High School alumna Kayla Furphy and Robert Kidd, who grew up in Livermore, took the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at department headquarters on Feb. 27.
Furphy and Kidd, who graduated from their law enforcement academy programs in early February, will start patrolling Pleasanton streets as solo officers after successfully completing a 16-week field training process, according to the department.
Raised in Pleasanton, Officer Furphy earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from California State University, East Bay, after graduating from Amador. At East Bay, she realized she wanted a career in public service, and after talking with friends and family in law enforcement and taking her first ride-along, she knew she wanted to be a police officer, PPD officials said.
The department hired Furphy as a police recruit last July, and she completed the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Regional Training Center academy program on Feb. 8.
Officer Kidd, who was born in Pleasanton and raised in Livermore, graduated from Granada High School and then earned an associate's degree in social behavioral science from Las Positas College.
Coming from a police family (his grandfather, George B. Kidd, was a Pleasanton police officer in the 1950s), Kidd developed his own interest in a law enforcement career while working in loss prevention, where he built a strong relationship with local police agencies and was inspired by officers' devotion to their communities, according to PPD.
Kidd completed coursework at the South Bay Police Academy on Feb. 8.