South San Francisco, CA July 18, 2018 Press Release
Family, friends and colleagues gathered for a special badge and swearing in ceremony Tuesday morning in the City Council Chambers as South San Francisco Chief of Police, Jeff Azzopardi, promoted one officer, reclassified a dispatcher, and welcomed three new officers, two dispatchers, and two parking enforcement officers. City Clerk Krista Martinelli administered the oath to the team members in front of a standing-room only crowd.
“This is an exciting time for South San Francisco and an exciting time to serve our City,” said Chief Azzopardi. “What’s also exciting is that many of our new recruits grew up in South San Francisco, so they are already very familiar and eager to serve this community in which they were raised.”
The following people were sworn into the South San Francisco Police Department:
Officer Scott Peradotto – attended City College of San Francisco as well as graduated from the police academy at the College of San Mateo.
Officer Robert Roman – attended Skyline College and Canada College, as well as graduated from the police academy at the College of San Mateo.
Officer Christian Zocca – enlisted in the United States Army and specialized in Air Defense Artillery as a Corporal. He now serves in the Army Reserves, and is working towards his Associates Degree in Psychology at Skyline. Zocca attended the police academy at Coyote Valley in San Jose.
Dispatcher Alejandra Gonzalez – attended San Francisco State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Latina/Latino Studies.
Dispatcher Kelly Ostello – attended San Francisco State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies.
Parking Enforcement Officer Alexis Juarez – is currently working towards her Associates Degree at Skyline college and plans to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Parking Enforcement Officer Lexis Ocampo – is currently working towards her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at Skyline College and plans to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University
Payal Ram, who was a Parking Enforcement Officer for the City of South San Francisco is now serving the department as a dispatcher. Ram is fluent in speaking Hindi and her long term goals are to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and become a South San Francisco Police
Lastly, Chief Azzopardi promoted Officer Rebecca Dabney to Corporal. Corporal Dabney has served the department for the past 11 years. In 2010, Dabney was selected to become a K-9 Officer. Dabney and her K-9 partner, Ares, have won numerous awards and K-9 competitions. Dabney is also very involved in San Mateo County’s Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) program and uses her expertise to train new South San Francisco officers with domestic violence investigations.