The Pleasanton Police Department swore in its newest member, Officer Taft Bradley, during a ceremony at department headquarters last week that featured Bradley's 4-year-old son, Taft Jr., pinning the new PPD badge onto his father's uniform.
A Pittsburg native and Deer Valley High School alum who began his career with the Los Rios (Community College) Police Department in the Sacramento area, Bradley comes to Pleasanton PD in a lateral move from the Richmond Police Department, where he was assigned to a patrol beat in areas impacted by gangs, prostitution and violent crimes.
"His experiences from the Richmond and Los Rios police departments have made him a well-rounded officer who will make an immediate impact on the city of Pleasanton," PPD officials said in a statement after the June 19 swearing-in ceremony.
In particular, they cited Bradley's background in the mental health field working with youth and adults.
"During his time at the Los Rios Police Department, Taft utilized his experiences in the mental health field to develop a crisis intervention team that provided resources to students with mental health challenges," PPD officials said.
They said Bradley is excited about the opportunity to work in Pleasanton and looks forward to making a positive impact on the community. In his off-duty time, Bradley enjoys traveling, sports and volunteering at his local boxing gym.