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Military to SPD

They served their country; now, they serve their community.  Many Stockton Police Officers served in the military and bring a vast array of skills and experience to the benefit of their community.  Please read their testimonials below:


Officer Sat Le

United States Navy Veteran

I spent my enlistment in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and was stationed with the Marines at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, where I was a laboratory technician. My decision to join the Navy was because I wanted to serve my country and make a difference.  My decision for becoming a Stockton Police Officer was for the same reasons -- I wanted to serve my community.


Sergeant Toby Will

United States Marine Corps Veteran

Upon graduating from high school in 1986, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was sent to "Boot Camp" at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego California. I graduated from Basic Training as a Private First Class (PFC), and then received training as a Combat Engineer. In June of 1987, I was shipped overseas to Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. While in Okinawa, I meritoriously promoted to the NCO ranks and attended NCO School at Camp Kinser. After promoting, I left the Engineers and was assigned to Third Battalion, Seventh Marine Division as a Combat Squad Leader, where I trained with "S.T.A. Platoon" at the Northern Training Area (NTA). After training with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, I was assigned to 9th Marines, Camp Hansen Security Forces, where I served as "Corporal of the Guard," "Honor Guard," and held the Staff Sergeant billet of "Commander of the Guard." 

I was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps towards the end of 1990. I had a strong interest in law enforcement because of its military similarities. I remember going through Military Separations at Camp Pendleton, where several law enforcement agencies came and spoke to Marines getting ready to discharge. After hearing what they had to say, I knew law enforcement would be the career I would seek.

I applied to several agencies, just hoping to get a foot in the door. I was immediately contacted by the Stockton Police Department, who advised me that they were hiring. I went on a "ride-along" with one of the Officers from Stockton and was amazed at the pace of the city. I remember the Officer telling me that "If you want to be a cop, Stockton is the place to be." Stockton is definitely "High Speed - Low Drag."


Officer Dan Grauman

United States Marine Corps Veteran

I served under the current commandant of the Marine Corps, General Hagee. I was attached to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, G-7 Battle Simulations Center, and Camp Pendleton California. I specialized in Warfare Simulation and Special Mission Tactics. I also received training in Close Quarters Combat, Aggressor Tactics, and Reconnaissance.

I chose to work in Stockton because I knew I would never be bored at work. The experience you get from working in a place like Stockton is invaluable. The Stockton Police Department spends a lot of money making sure their Officers have all the latest and best equipment available. As opposed to working in a smaller town where you might not get the variety of calls that you get here in Stockton, working here definitely keeps you on your toes.

Stockton is an exciting city to work in. The pay is good and people that work at this Department are great. There are also a lot of former and current military members that work for our Department. I have found that the city of Stockton offers many recreational activities you can take advantage of during your off time. In Stockton we have professional baseball, hockey, arena football, and indoor soccer teams just to name a few. Stockton is a fun and exciting city to work in; I can't believe they pay me to do what I do.

The Stockton Police Department is dedicated to making a difference in our community. The Department is comprised of over 300 sworn Officers and over 150 civilian personnel. Working as a Police Officer in Stockton is very rewarding and offers a variety of opportunities.


Officer Vernell Ross-Mullen

California Army National Guard Veteran

I was a full-time member of the California National Guard where I was a single-channel radio communications operator. I have worked in Administration as a Battalion NBC NCO, and Recruiter at CNGHQ. My last assignment was Battalion Logistical NCO.

Several of the soldiers I was working with during my time with the National Guard were police officers who encouraged me to apply with the Stockton Police Department. I found that the salary for a Stockton Police Officer would earn me more than when I was an E-6 with the National Guard. It didn't take me long to figure out that my salary would be double my military pay and it allowed me to settle down and start a family.


Officer Clarence Yates

United States Navy Veteran

I was an Electrician's Mate aboard the USS Mars AFS1. While on the WESTPAC, I had an opportunity to visit the Philippines; Yokuska, Japan; Thailand; and Korea. I found that the highlight of my enlistment in the Navy was serving my country during the Gulf War in 1990.

I chose a career in law enforcement because I enjoy interacting with people. I also wanted a field job with responsibility, and as a Police Officer I am mostly self-supervised. I became a Stockton Police Officer because I live here and wanted to make a difference in my community, where I am raising my family.

If you are thinking about becoming a Stockton Police Officer, I want to tell you this: You will get a lot of experience in a short amount of time, and you will be surrounded by peers who have a lot of knowledge and experience. This is a great Department for becoming a very good Police Officer.


Officer Shawn Morin

United States Air Force Veteran

I enlisted in the Air Force in 1999, as a Reservist when I was called up to active duty after 9/11 for Operations Double Eagle & Enduring Freedom. When I was activated for the war, I met a Stockton Police Officer who had also been activated. He told me the Stockton Police Department is a busy town where I would learn in one year what might take me 10 years somewhere else. I was impressed with the traditions of Stockton as well.

Stockton Police Department has job security, structure, and the potential to work in a special assignment within the first few years, such as K9, Robbery/Homicide, SWAT, Mobile Field Force, Bike Patrol, or Motorcycles, just to name a few. There are many good opportunities for our Officers who work hard.



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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/16/2012