Menifee Police Department hires 5 new officers, 1 staff member

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Menifee Police Department’s new police cars display “Serving Menifee since 2020.” Valley News/Courtesy photo

MENIFEE – The Menifee Police Department welcomed five new officers and a police budget and grants analyst to its growing department.

Christine Booker has a master’s degree in business from Cal State San Bernardino and comes to Menifee from the Ontario Police Department where she worked her way up for eight years to a management analyst. Before her employment with the city of Ontario, she worked for the Jurupa Unified School District in multiple different capacities for over 10 years.

Officer Kyle Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and management, and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He began his law enforcement career 10 years ago and served with both the cities of Los Angeles and Colton. He brings with him experience in investigations, gang enforcement, SWAT, community programs and honor guard.

Officer Eric De Lira earned his bachelor’s degree in applied science from Azusa Pacific University. He began his law enforcement career four years ago and served with both the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the San Marino Police Department. He brings experience in both detention and patrol and community programs. Officer De Lira received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving award in 2020.

Officer Thomas Horner earned his associate degree in applied science from the Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania. He began his law enforcement career seven years ago with the Philadelphia Housing Authority Police Department. He brings with him experience as an instructor, armorer and SWAT operator.

Officer Louis Martinez began his law enforcement career over 10 years ago with the Los Angeles School Police Department. He played an instrumental role in keeping schools safe and with community outreach initiatives. Officer Martinez has a passion for being a role model for our youth and serving our community.

Officer Andrew Gonzalez began his law enforcement career four years ago with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department where he served in both the detention and patrol divisions. Before his career in Law Enforcement, he served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a field radio operator and was deployed to Afghanistan.

To learn more about the Menifee Police Department, call 951-723-1500 or visit http://www.MenifeePolice.org.

Submitted by city of Menifee.