New Cop On Patrol
Sonora, CA - Starting this Sunday Sonora will have a new officer on patrol. Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson says after several months of advertising and testing to fill the Vets to Cops federal grant position, they found the perfect cop for the job. He is Ibrahim Khalil from Southern California and he beat out eight other applicants.
Khalil grew up in San Diego. He joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17. After completing basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. His position in the Army ranged from Bradley driver to dismounted infantry rifleman. He did a tour in Kuwait and in Iraq. While in Iraq, he was awarded the Purple Heart for shrapnel injuries he received in combat.
Stinson says Khalil really stood out, "It was his commitment to law enforcement, his service in the military and the time he served in Iraq that played a big part in the decision. Also, the training and education he currently has, and he seemed like he would be a good fit for the department."
Sonora was one of 14 cities in the state to be awarded the grant by the Federal Department of Justice. Half of Khalil's salary will be paid by the grant for the next three years. On the fourth year, the city will pick up all his pay and benefits. Stinson say the goal is to keep him on staff after that, budget permitting.
Stinson say this is great for the community, "We're getting an experienced officer who has great training and background. He will be able to hit the ground running. All we have to do is get him up to speed on what we do locally and our records system."
Khalil has an Associate Arts degree in General Education and put himself through the San Diego Regional Police Academy. Most recently, he has worked as an officer at the Westmorland Police Department, in Southern California.
Written by Tracey Petersen
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