Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Fort Bragg Police Welcomes Three New Officers to Their Ranks


The following is a press release issued by the Fort Bragg Police Department:

[L-R: Patrick Smith, Police Chaplain, Jarod Frank, Police Officer, and Antoinette Moore, Community
Service Officer Image and Caption provided by FBPD]

The City of Fort Bragg is pleased to announce the recruitment of new members of its police force.
Jarod Frank, Antoinette Moore, and volunteer Patrick Smith received their Oaths of Office this morning
by the Honorable City Clerk, June Lemos as official City employees. City officials, staff and the newest
recruits’ family and friends gathered at the exterior of City Hall early this morning to witness the
swearing in of our newest City employees. Below is a bit about each of them.

Patrick Smith is volunteering his time to be Police Chaplain. While the City has had a chaplain in the
past, it has been quite a while since we have had someone in this position. Patrick went to Peace
Officer Standard and Training course to become POST certified, is a veteran, and trains dogs. Mr.
Smith is very excited to offer his services to our Police Department, and has completed several rides
with members of the department. Mr. Smith has been spending time since the fall getting to know our
personnel and definitely has some firsthand knowledge through his son, Fort Bragg Police Officer
Tanner Smith who pinned the badge on his father.

Our newest Police Officer, Jarod Frank, joins us from Sacramento and has some prior law enforcement
experience. He is coming to Fort Bragg from Elk Grove, CA. His immediate prior role was with Los
Rios Police Department as a Campus Patrol Officer where he served for several years. He obtained
his POST certificate from American River College located in Carmichael, CA and has taken college
coursework centering on psychology at Folsom Lake College in Folsom, CA, at Cosumnes River
College and at Sacramento City College. Jarod definitely has a ton of family support as well as the
support of his new community here in Fort Bragg. He is already known by the community as he was
spotted even before his first day on the job!

Community Service Officer Antoinette Moore joins us from Santa Rosa, but has worked in Ukiah. She
definitely has a community service oriented background as her previous roles have included working at
several food/winter shelters, working as a hospice care worker, working at Mendocino County AIDS
and at Viral Hepatitis Network. She will be an asset during natural disasters as she has spent
significant time serving as a Wildland Firefighter with Mendocino National Forest. Ms. Moore has
earned an Associate of Science degree in Administration of Justice, an Emergency Medical Technician
(EMT) certification and a human services certificate from Mendocino College. In addition, Antoinette
has a Phlebotomy Certificate from the Mendocino Office of Education. This unique skill set will be a
great asset in her role as a Community Services Officer

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