Four new Winter PD officers sworn in

Four new Winters Police Department personnel were officially sworn in on July 19. L-R: Officer Jesse Sanchez, Sergeant Manuel Cardoza, Chief John Miller, Reserve Officer Adrian Ramirez. Front Row: Community Services Officer Andrea Gonzalez (Taylor Buley/Winters Express)

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Four of the newest Winters Police Department personnel were officially sworn in at the July 19 Winters City Council meeting.

Police Chief John P. Miller said Winter PD had some catching up to do following a remote attempt to swear in personnel a year and half ago.

“The newest of the new has been with us for almost six months now,” Miller said.

Miller told Councilmembers that police departments across the country have found it challenging to hire new personnel.

“There would be an understatement to say that this is one of the most challenging times for law enforcement from living memory. As a result, across the nation we have experienced an 80 percent reduction in applicants to law enforcement. And, many police departments are struggling just trying to provide staffing to maintain basic response services,” Miller said.

According to Miller, the shortage of candidates has caused a drive in competition with nearby agencies to obtain staff members.

“Therefore, We are exceptionally fortunate that we are here tonight to introduce to you four individuals who have chosen to work here, and to serve the community of Winters, and to serve with integrity,” Miller said.

Miller introduced Sergeant Manuel Cardoza, Officer Jesse Sanchez, and Winters natives Reserve Officer Adrian Ramirez and Community Services Officer Andrea Gonzalez.

City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa administered the Oath of Office, before welcoming them to the Winters PD.

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