12/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/08/2019 09:17
Our newest police officer joined the Fortuna Police Department, and began his first patrol shift in Fortuna on November 25th. However he is no novice to police work having previously worked for the Ferndale Police department.
He brings with him a breadth of experience in several different industries.
Prior to attending the Police Academy in Eureka and joining our department, he worked at Costco and the McKinleyville Community Services District. He has also been a Barista for Starbucks Coffee Company and a Loss Control Officer for Target Corporation, and took time to study Liberal Arts at College of the Redwoods.
Grigsby says that part of his long time interest in police work comes from family tradition dating back several generations with an ancestor who served with the San Francisco Police department.
He says that law enforcement has always interested him, but adds 'some of my ideas of what police work is all about have changed, now that I am actually doing it.' Grigsby adds, 'I am really looking forward to serving the community of Fortuna.'
Though he has previously worked as a police officer, he will need to complete the mandatory 16 week field training period required of all Fortuna Officers.
This evaluation period ensures that an officer meets the high standards required of our officers before being certified as qualified to patrol by him or herself. It also allows new officers to familiarize themselves with Fortuna neighborhoods and streets.