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.
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.
In other news
* The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 at the end of a five-hour meeting last week to accept most of a committee's recommendations to make sweeping changes to its Urban Shield first-responder training exercise, which was held partly in Pleasanton.
Those changes recommended by an ad hoc committee appointed by the board last year including eliminating military-type SWAT teams and competition from the annual exercises, eliminating its weapons expo and vendor show component, getting rid of the "Urban Shield" label and evaluating law enforcement participants' compliance with their departments' use-of-force policies.
Another change is ensuring that the majority of the people responsible for implementing emergency response services are fire emergency managers and community organizations serving vulnerable populations rather than being over-represented by law enforcement.
After the meeting Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern called the board's vote "a big disappointment" because he thinks it means that the Urban Shield exercise, which his department launched in 2007, will now come to an end.
The board voted 4-1 to end the training exercise in its current format at a meeting in March 2018 at which the vast majority of more than 100 speakers alleged that it is militaristic, racist and xenophobic and has a negative impact on communities of color and immigrants.
* Police said they are treating the death of a male who was found Monday on a dirt trail in Livermore as suspicious.
Around 7:43 a.m., a person flagged down an officer regarding a person who was lying on the ground and appeared injured on the trail along Arroyo Creek parallel to Peary Way, police said.
Officers found the victim lying in shrubbery off the trail and determined that he was deceased. The Alameda County coroner has not yet identified the victim.
Anyone who may have information about the death is asked to call Sgt. John Reynolds at 371-4733.
* Mark Allan Sypien, the former Dublin resident accused of killing John Moore at commercial property Moore owned in Danville on Feb. 23, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his native Illinois as law enforcement closed in on his parents' home in St. Charles on Feb. 27.
Last week's Weekly reported the suicide attempt, but Sypien was pronounced dead after the paper went to press.
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