FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2014
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
Pullman Police to Swear In Two New Police Officers
PULLMAN –Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins will be swearing in two new police officers on Thursday, December 18, 3:00 pm at the Pullman Police Department.
Steven Perez was hired to fill the last of the police officer vacancies. Joshua Bray will fill the additional police officer position recently approved by the Pullman City Council. The two will spend the next few weeks at the police department in orientation and police academy preparation before beginning the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy class #713 in Spokane on January 6. They are due to graduate from the academy on May 13, 2015. When they return, both officers will receive intensive training from Pullman Police training officers for a period of about four months before they can be deployed as a fully functioning police officers. This is the first increase of commissioned police officers in Pullman since 2001 and will bring the number of Pullman officers to twenty-nine.
Steven Perez grew up in Zillah, Washington and graduated from Zillah High School. He attended college in California and Oregon, working toward a degree in biology. Perez has worked as a Corrections Officer for the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department since July 2013. Steven’s step-father is the Chief of the Zillah Police Department.
Josh Bray was born in Pullman and is a Pullman High School graduate. After high school, he moved out of state and most recently lived in Arizona. Josh was a reserve firefighter and paramedic before moving back to Pullman, where he has been working as an assembler for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories. Josh attended college in Oregon, working toward a degree in Sociology. Bray’s wife, Stephanie, is a first grade teacher at Sunnyside Elementary School. The couple has a three-year-old boy, Jackson, and a two-year-old girl, Harper.
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