Sheriff Bill Wittman will be holding a ceremony to promote Sergeant Alfred Galafate, Sergeant Robert Moore, and Sergeant Juan Garza to the rank of Lieutenant. The Sheriff will also be promoting Deputy Santos Salgado and Deputy Gerald Calderon to the rank of Sergeant on Thursday May 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM. The ceremony will be held at the Tulare County Board of Supervisors Board rooms A and B. Friends and family will also be present to show their support.
Lieutenant Alfred Galafate grew up in Earlimart California and has resided in Tulare County his entire life. He began his career with the Sheriff's Office as a Deputy in November of 1993. Lieutenant Galafate worked through the detentions facilities and was assigned to the patrol division in 1998. While in patrol he was a Field Training Officer and a Community Based Officer. Lieutenant Galafate is also involved in the Police Activities League where he is a board member. Lieutenant Galafate also worked in the Detective Division assigned to the South end Property Crimes Unit. Alfred was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2005 where he worked in detentions and patrol and was the Administrative Sergeant for the Pixley and Porterville Substations.
During his eighteen years with the department, Lieutenant Galafate has worked in the Detention, Patrol and Detective Divisions. He has been instrumental in the Police Activities League for the youth and the Sheriff Explorer Program. He has also represented the Department at the Police and Fire Games for the past ten years.
Lieutenant Alfred Galafate is supported in his new career path by his wife, Melissa his 20 year old son Jonathon, his 15 year old son Christopher and his 11 year old son Matthew.
Lieutenant Juan Garza grew up in Dinuba and has resided there his entire life. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Services Officer in October of 1996. He attended the Police Academy in 2000 and was sworn in as a Deputy in May of 2001. Lieutenant Garza has worked at numerous stations in the detentions divisions including time as a Jail Training Officer. In May of 2006, he promoted to the rank of Correctional Sergeant stationed at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility. Lieutenant Garza was requested to be in charge of administration at the facility and has held this post since 2008.
Lieutenant Juan Garza is supported in his new career path by his wife Patricia, his son John Daniel “JD”. He is also the oldest of eight brothers, five of which are also in law enforcement.
Lieutenant Robert Moore was born in Tulare and raised in the Visalia area where he currently resides. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1988 working at the Return to Custody Facility and Main Jail. He worked for the Farmersville Police Department from 1989 to 1995. Lieutenant Moore returned to the Sheriff’s Office in 1995 and was assigned to Headquarters Patrol where he also became a Field Training Officer. In 1996, he was assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit as a Detective until he promoted to Sergeant in 1999. As a Sergeant, Moore has worked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility, Main Jail, North County Property Crimes and his most recent station with the South County Gang Suppression Unit.
Lieutenant Robert Moore is supported in his new career path by his wife Diana and five children, Alyssa, Kayla, Taylor, Cheyann and Justin.
Sergeant Santos Salgado came to us from the Orange County area in 2001. Sergeant Salgado began his career with the Sheriff’s Office stationed at the Tulare County Correctional Center. He was also given the opportunity to work at the Men’s Correctional Facility, and the Day Reporting Center. Sergeant Salgado was an asset to the department as one of the Sheriff’s Jail Training Officers taking in new recruits and training them on department policy and procedure and the jail facilities.
Sergeant Santos Salgado is supported in his new career path by his wife Ruth and two children, Miranda and Diana.
Sergeant Gerardo Calderon began his seventeen year career with the Sheriffs’ Office in February of 1994 as a Detention Services Officer. In August of 1995 he was promoted to Detention Specialist. Sergeant Calderon attended the POST Basic Police Academy in August of 1999 and was promoted to Deputy upon graduation in December. During his career as a Deputy he has worked at Orosi Patrol, Men’s Correctional Facility, Bob Wiley Detention Facility and the Adult Pre-Trial Facility. Sergeant Calderon was also a Jail Training Officer, and currently a member of the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, SSERT Team and Search and Rescue Team.
Sergeant Gerardo Calderon served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Corporal and went on to serve as a 1st Lieutenant in the California Army National Guard. While in the service, Sgt. Calderon served in the Gulf War, Los Angeles Riots, Operation National Eagle (9/11) and Hurricane Katrina. Sgt. Calderon is a graduate of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce Leadership class and currently serves as the President of the Latino Rotary Club of Tulare County.
Sergeant Gerardo Calderon is supported in his career by his wife America and his two children, Audrey and Andrew.
Sheriff Bill Wittman offers his sincere congratulations to Lieutenants Alfred Galafate, Juan Garza, Robert Moore and Sergeants Santos Salgado and Gerald Calderon. The Department wishes them well in their new assignments.
The public is welcome to join the department, friends and family for a formal promotional ceremony to be held at the Board of Supervisors conference rooms A and B. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM.
Refreshments to follow.
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