178th Basic Recruit Police Academy Graduation

Date Posted: March 30th, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
Last Updated: October 23rd, 2018 @ 4:55 PM

On March 30, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., 13 members of

the Oakland Police Department’s 178th Basic Recruit Academy graduated. The

ceremony was held at the Scottish Rite Center.

Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick was joined by Mayor Libby Schaaf,

Deputy Chief Leronne Armstrong, Deputy Director Virginia Gleason, Oakland

Police Officers Association representative Sergeant Barry Donelan, Training

Division Commander Captain Jake Bassett and Training Section staff: Sergeant

Bryan Hubbard, and Recruit Training Officers Maria Madlansacay, Jeffery Cid,

and Francisco Romero. OPD Chaplain Father Jason Landeza gave the


Celebratory cheers from family and friends rang out as the graduates were

announced and welcomed to the ranks of the Oakland Police Department. Chief

Kirkpatrick thanked the graduates’ families and loved ones for supporting them

during the demanding half year academy training.

The 13 newly sworn Police Officers are:

1. Kimberly Albino

2. Brandon Beal

3. Joshua Faleafine

4. Ricardo Gomez

5. Imani Hiller-Bateau

6. Alvin Mai

7. Edvin Mendez

8. Allen Nunley IV

9. Elizabeth Pelayo

10. Soledad Ramirez

11. Ruben Reyes

12. Homayoon Saffarian

13. Jose Vega

Most new officers received their badges from Chief Kirkpatrick, although five

had the honor of being pinned by members of their own family who currently

serve or have served in law enforcement:

1. Elizabeth Pelayo: badge pinned by her cousin, OPD Officer Gloria Beltran

2. Joshua Faleafine: badge pinned by his father, retired OPD Officer Sammy Faleafine

3. Kimberly Albino: badge pinned by her husband, OPD Officer Kaleo Albino

4. Ruben Reyes: badge pinned by his brother, OPD Officer Cristobal Reyes.

5. Alvin Mai: badge pinned by his brothers, OPD Officers Chau Mai and Luan Mai.

Edvin Mendez was honored as class valedictorian for having maintained the

highest overall academic standing in the class. He was also a recipient of the

firearms, force options and RBT award. Ruben Reyes received the esprit de

corps award, and Kimberly Albino was honored with the physical fitness and

defensive tactics awards.

In several important ways, the 178th academy class is a well-rounded

group. Two graduates live in Oakland; most of the class are in their

twenties; one class member speaks Vietnamese and six speak Spanish. Over

half have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree and one class member has a

master’s degree. With four female graduates, women make up nearly a third

of the class.

The graduates are a welcome addition to our Oakland family and represent

another step forward in our efforts to grow the Police Department and

increase public safety in the City of Oakland.

For more information, please contact the Media Relations Office at (510)

238- 7230 or opdmedia@oaklandca.gov.

Media Contact

Officer Johnna Watson

Officer Felicia Aisthorpe
Media Relations Office
(510) 238-7230