In a ceremony held at the March 6 City Council meeting, Chief Harris officially promoted four veteran officers within the San Gabriel Police Department. Fabian Valdez and Alex Quijada will now be captains within the department, reporting directly to Chief Harris. Rene Hernandez has been promoted to the position of lieutenant from his previous rank of sergeant, and Martin Garcia has been elevated to the role of sergeant from his previous role as a SCET officer.
“Each of the newly promoted officers exemplify the community expectations relative to knock-your-socks-off service and department expectations by bringing maximum effort and value to their service delivery,” said Police Chief Eugene Harris. “I’m very proud of each one of them.”
You can learn more about the officers in the excerpts below:
Captain Fabian Valdez
Fabian Valdez has been with the San Gabriel Police Department since 1998, working in a variety of assignments as a rank-and-file officer. A graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Leadership Academy, Captain Valdez has been instrumental in introducing the department’s Citizens Academy. He’s also played a role in the department’s participation in the AB 109 Task Force and the School Community Engagement Team.
Captain Alex Quijada
Born in Los Angeles and a native of the San Gabriel Valley, Alex Quijada has been with the police department for over 28 years. During his tenure, Captain Quijada has worked in the patrol division as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant. As a detective, he worked closely with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on several investigations, earning him an award from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Captain Quijada is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation.
Lieutenant Rene Hernandez
Born in East Los Angeles and raised in Alhambra, Rene Hernandez originally began his career as a police explorer with the Arcadia Police Department. In 1996, Lieutenant Hernandez was hired as a police cadet with the Alhambra Police Department, and became an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1998. In 2002, Lieutenant Hernandez joined the San Gabriel Police Department, where he worked patrol and traffic.
Sergeant Martin Garcia
Raised in South Los Angeles, Martin Garcia began his policing career when he was introduced to a Los Angeles Police Department youth program for at risk youth, later becoming a volunteer. Sergeant Garcia is a 19-year police veteran who started his career in 1999 as a deputy sheriff with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. He joined the San Gabriel Police Department in 2001 where he worked in several assignments as a field training officer, detective and a School and Community Engagement Team officer.
Sergeant Garcia has also worked with local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in 2009 as a member of the Southern California High Task Force.