New Officers Sworn In
On Monday, December 17, 2012, Chief Maggard swore in police officers Kyle Kestly and Jeffrey Wen during a ceremony held in the Department’s Emergency Operations Center. Family members, friends and Department personnel were in attendance to welcome the new officers who graduated from the 202nd class of the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy last Friday.
Officer Kestly joins Irvine after serving as a Community Service Officer for the University of California, Irvine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology, Law and Society, as well as a degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. Officer Kestly is not new to community service. Previously he has worked to build homes for the needy with Habitat for Humanity and volunteered serving food at homeless shelters with the Thousand Oaks Lutheran Church.
Officer Wen was a United States Army Reserve for eight years and was previously employed as a field investigator performing national security background checks for a private security firm. During his time in the Army, Officer Wen was a recipient of the Army Meritorious Service Award while stationed in Iraq. Officer Wen graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. He has also spent time volunteering in food service at a homeless shelter in the City of Pomona and assisting seniors with daily tasks in the City of West Covina.