The Sacramento Police Department recently promoted three of its employees to serve as public information officers.
In their new roles, Sgt. Carlos Martinez, Officer Anthony Gamble and Officer Cody Tapley will manage communications with the public and act as liaisons to the media.
All three officers have extensive experience with the department and are dedicated to providing the community with the best service, they said.
Martinez grew up in the Sacramento area and always wanted to be a police officer, he said. He started his career in law enforcement as a student trainee in 1999 at 18 years of age and has been with Sac PD ever since.
As a police officer, he worked patrol throughout the city, and as a school resource officer, assigned to both Natomas Unified and Sacramento City Unified school districts.
“The school resource officer position was the most rewarding because I could influence, guide and mentor young members of our community,” Martinez said. “Now, as a new PIO, I will continue to build on our prior PIOs’ positive and professional reputation while providing accurate communication and building relationships with our community.”
Tapley and Gamble will assist Martinez in the PIO office. Both bring experience and enthusiasm to the job, Martinez said.
Tapley has been with the department for eight years. His previous assignments include patrol, part-time field training officer, bike officer, crisis negotiations team and recruiting.
Gamble has been with the department for seven years. He was a field training officer and in motors. Currently, he also serves as an honor guard, academy instructor, and Police Cadet Program administrative coordinator.
Public information officers within Sac PD usually serve for a two-year period. Martinez, Tapley and Gamble replace Sgt. Zach Eaton, Officer Chad Lewis and Officer Ryan Woo, who previously served as the department’s communications officers.