Standing in front of his family, as well as members of the college and local community, Kenneth Braaksma was sworn in as Merced College’s newest police officer during the March 14 meeting of the Merced Community College Board of Trustees.

“We are very happy to welcome Officer Braaksma as a member of our law enforcement team,” said Merced College Police Department Chief Tom Trindad.  “With his broad experience, he will be a valuable asset to our college.”

Officer Braaksma most recently served for 12 years with the Alameda Sheriff’s Department.  He also was an active duty member of the U.S. Marine Corp, and had previously served in the U.S. Navy Reserves and the California National Guard.

“Merced College has provided me with a great opportunity to serve the local community,” Officer Braaksma said.  “Aside from being a cop, I’m a husband to my wife, Erin, and father to our children Kaleigh and Kenna.”

The Merced College Police Department consists of Chief Trindad, a full-time administrative assistant, four full-time police officers, and 15 non-sworn citation officers, all serving the main campus in Merced and the College’s educational center in Los Banos.

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