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Three Officers Join the Ranks of the Irvine Police Department


On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Class #196 graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy. 


Irvine recruits Ryan Hansen and Timothy Irwin were among the twenty-one graduates of this highly competitive class.  Each of the graduates averaged between 90 and 97 percent overall in the combined disciplines of this rigorous academy program.  Chief Maggard, Commander Aninag, Lieutenants Engen and Whalen, Sergeant Egan, and Officer Casas were on hand to congratulate these newest members of the Irvine Police Department at the ceremony. 


Officers Irwin and Hansen were sworn in on Thursday May 19, 2011, along with Officer Keith Herter who is a lateral hire from the Costa Mesa Police Department.


Officer Herter is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  Officer Herter graduated in class #187 of the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy in 2008. He has served for the past three years as a Patrol Officer for the City of Costa Mesa.


Officer Irwin is a graduate of California State University, San Marcos where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Justice Studies. Officer Irwin comes from a long history of public service, beginning with his service in the United States Marine Corps where he attained the rank of Sergeant and received the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. His last employment prior to starting the Sheriff’s Academy was as an Ocean Lifeguard/Emergency Medical Technician for the Camp Pendleton Civilian Lifeguard Service.  Tactical staff at the Sheriff’s Academy commented on Irwin’s athletic abilities, describing the course record of 1:15 he set in the obstacle course, as “shattering” the prior record.  He was also a member of a record setting relay team on that same course. 


Officer Hansen is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where he earned his Bachelors degree in Political Science. He also comes to Irvine with a history of public service.  He began his public safety career with the Irvine Police Department as a Public Safety Assistant in 2004.  Office Ryan worked as part of the Great Park Security team, and as part of the Irvine Spectrum Entertainment Center team.  In 2005, he took a position as a civilian Beach Patrol Officer with the Laguna Beach Police Department, and in 2006 he began full-time employment with the Newport Beach Police Department as a Community Services Officer where he worked as a Desk Officer and as a Parking Control Officer.