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August 6, 2013 > San Leandro Police welcome new officers

San Leandro Police welcome new officers

Submitted By San Leandro PD

The San Leandro Police Department is proud to announce the recent hiring of two police officers, Justin Blankinship and Anthony Pantoja. The two officers have previous law enforcement experience and come to San Leandro with commitment and dedication. They began their in-house training on July 29th, and will start in the Patrol Division's Field Training Program, receiving additional training from veteran SLPD officers over the next several weeks.

Officer Pantoja was raised in San Lorenzo, and is a 2006 graduate of Arroyo High School. He attended Chabot College and later transferred to San Francisco State University, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Throughout college, Officer Pantoja worked as a loss prevention agent for Macy's at Bayfair Center. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 2011, with a goal of someday returning to San Leandro to serve our community.

Officer Blankinship was born and raised in Vallejo. He served as an Oakland Police Officer for 6 years, before joining California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control last year. Officer Blankinship missed his daily interaction with community members, helping them make it better, so he decided to change careers, returning to a Bay Area municipal law enforcement agency. After attending church in San Leandro for the past 10 years, Officer Blankinship knew that the San Leandro Police Department was the Department for him, citing strong community support and an overall great City to serve.

Lieutenant Robert McManus commented, "Officers Blankinship and Pantoja are great additions to our police department and our San Leandro community. Both offer professional experience, commitment and dedication to those that they will proudly serve."

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