A new Fortuna police officer is on duty, helping make the Friendly City safer.
Officer Thomas MacLeod was sworn in earlier this month by Fortuna City Clerk Siana Emmons, and then at a ceremony held in the council chambers of City Hall, his wife Alyssa pinned his new badge on his Fortuna Police Department uniform.
“Thank you, everybody. This is amazing,” MacLeod said.
MacLeod is a 2013 graduate of the College of the Redwoods Police Academy, and for the last five years has worked in the Shasta County Marshall’s Office, which handles law enforcement for the county’s superior court.
“We are lucky to get him to come over from Shasta to Fortuna,” Fortuna Police Chief Bill Dobberstein said.
“He is doing great as a (field training offiver) and fits in really well in the department,” Dobberstein added.
MacLeod must complete a mandatory 16-week field probationary period required of all Fortuna police officers. This evaluation period ensures that an officer meets the high standards required of all officers before being certified as qualified to patrol as a solo officer. It also allows new officers to familiarize themselves with Fortuna neighborhoods and streets.
MacLeod was born in Redding and lived in Shasta County where he graduated from West Valley High School in 2009 and then attended college for a few years before deciding to attend the College of the Redwoods Police Academy.