Corcoran has a new police officer. Erick Nunez del Prado will begin field training this evening (Thursday, Feb. 4) for the first time.
That does not mean his relationship with the Corcoran Police Department is new. He was recruited while attending the College of the Sequoias police academy. Deputy Police Chief Gary Cramer taught a class at the academy, and recruited del Prado to fill an opening on the local force.
The new recruit made it a priority to come to Corcoran at least once a week during his 26-week training at the academy. His first official day with the department was Jan. 28, the same day he graduated.
The community’s newest officer will begin field training this evening with Cpl. Beavers. A native of Bolivia, he and his family settled in Bakersfield, which is where his mother was from, when he was two years old. At age 10, he and his mother moved to the San Diego area, which is where he remained until he was an adult.
Erick and his wife of four years made the transition back to the Central Valley and Erick made the decision to attend the academy.
Cramer made a good selection in recruiting del Prado: he graduated in the top five in his class and also received the “top shot” award with an overall score of 100 percent.
“I am thankful for the investment the City of Corcoran and the Corcoran Police Department has put into me and I am excited to be a part of the team,” Erick said.