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Menifee Police Department welcomes new officers

Photos courtesy of the Menifee Police Department.

The Menifee Police Department is growing. The department recently hired six new officers, a community services officer, and a crime scene investigator/property evidence technician to its team. The new officers were introduced in a press release issued by the Menifee Police Department on September 21.

Officer Trong Dinh began his law enforcement career two years ago with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. He served eight years in the United States Marine Corps as a joint terminal attack controller and completed three combat tours to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Officer John Santiago attended Chabot Community College where he studied criminal justice. He began his law enforcement career three years ago with the Oakland Police Department and was assigned to the patrol division. Santiago is fluent in Tagalog and Kapampangan.

Officer Andrew Aivazian began his law enforcement career four years ago with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department where he served in both the detention and patrol divisions. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, Aivazian served three years in the United States Marine Corps.

Crime Scene Investigator/Property and Evidence Technician Raquel Castro started her law enforcement career with the Hemet Police Department 20 years ago and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology. During her tenure, she managed the property room, processed crime scenes, assisted in high profile investigations, and assured procedural compliance. Castro received multiple awards for work which has led to the apprehension of criminal suspects.

Officer Luis Isarraraz began his career in law enforcement career in 2007 with the Bell Gardens Police Department. He has received awards from MADD and for his work recovering stolen vehicles. Isarraraz has experience as a K-9 handler, tactical team member, FTO, senior officer, and certified instructor.

Officer Juan Sanchez began his law enforcement career in 2009 as a communications officer and reserve peace officer with the Maricopa Police Department. He has experience in patrol, background investigations, and internal affairs investigations.

Officer Chris Carmona began his law enforcement career seven years ago with the City of Riverside. He brings experience as an instructor, tactical operator, patrol officer, and as a SWAT-Sniper operator assigned to the US Marshal Fugitive Task Force – Pacific Southwest Division. Carmona has been an instructor for both the US State Department Anti-Terrorism Assistance and worldwide protective services programs since 2006.

Community Services Officer Megan Borunda began her career five years ago with the San Diego State University Police Department as a community services Officer and communications officer.

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