Police services welcome new employees | Community

The Newman and Gustine Police Departments recently welcomed new members.

Brianna Martens is the Newman Police Department’s newest Animal Control/Community Services Officer.

Martens is a longtime Newman resident. She graduated in 2015 from Orestimba High School, where she studied in three sports. She attended California State University, Stanislaus on a softball scholarship and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Prior to joining the town of Newman, Martens worked for three years as an animal control officer for Stanislaus County Animal Services. She is also co-owner of Scrubs Pet Spa.

“With her love for animals and her years of experience in the field, we are thrilled to have Brianna add to our family,” the Newman Police Department wrote on their Facebook page.

Earlier in March, the Gustine Police Department welcomed Jose Gallardo as the new Community Services Officer.

Gallardo served the Gustine Police Department as a reserve police officer for nearly a year, logging on for hundreds of hours and serving as the department’s acting CSO.

“Jose is thrilled and eager to take on his new role of Code Enforcement and Animal Control,” the Gustine Police Department said on its Facebook page.

The Gustine Police Department also got a new reserve officer in March when Luiano Zelvaggio was sworn in.

Zelvaggio is a Level II Reserve Officer and works full time as the Vice President of Landscaping located in Livermore. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

While Gustine was able to welcome a few new members, the department had to say goodbye to one, at least in part. Officer Alex Perez has joined the Merced County Sheriff‘s Department and will be assigned to the City of Livingston.

Officer Perez served the Gustine Police Department as a field training officer and tobacco grant coordinator. Officer Perez also received the 2020 Officer of the Year award.

She will remain on the reserve squad, according to the police department.

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Jennifer R. Strohm