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Police Chief Joel Neves officially welcomed nine new employees and eleven volunteers to the department at a quarterly swearing-in ceremony at Roseville’s Tower Theater on, July 25.

Gary Cole is a recently hired Roseville police officer. Before coming to Roseville, Cole was a deputy sheriff for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Cole started out his career as a cadet with the Yuba City Police Department, and also served as a community service officer for the Sacramento Police Department. Cole holds an associate’s degree in administration of justice.


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Danny Miller is another recently hired Roseville police officer. Miller came from the Santa Maria Police Department, where he attained the rank of corporal. Before that, Miller worked at the Lompoc and Grover Beach police departments. Miller has a wide range of experience, having served as a motor officer, narcotics officer, SWAT member and honor guard officer. Miller holds an associate’s degree in administration of justice.

Chris Gazzolo and Vanessa Kaufman are recently hired Roseville correctional officers. Gazzolo started out his law enforcement career as a high-school-age explorer scout for the California Highway Patrol, then as a college-age cadet for the Roseville Police Department. Gazzolo holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Kaufman has law-enforcement related experience as an aide for a probation department and as a private loss prevention agent. Before joining the police department, Kaufman worked for the City of Roseville Finance Department. Kaufman holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Dena Foster and Rebecca Burke were recently hired as public safety dispatchers. Foster worked as an office manager in Santa Clara for the past ten years, and Burke worked as a manager and bookkeeper for a firm in Lincoln. Burke holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and merchandising.

Barbara Johnson and Denise Tackett were recently hired as police records clerks. Johnson previously worked as a records clerk for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for ten years. Before that, she worked as both a deputy sheriff and a police officer. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Tackett worked as a medical transcriptionist and as a dispatcher for the Sacramento Police Department.

Stephanie Giannini was recently hired as a police cadet. Giannini was a member of Roseville’s Police Explorer Program for five years, and is currently attending Sierra College.

Chief Neves also welcomed 12 recently hired volunteers. Roseville PD’s citizen volunteer program is thriving! Approximately 57 volunteers of all ages and experience levels work regularly at the police department, being extra “eyes and ears” for the police in the field, and working in records, property, traffic, administration and many other areas of the department. RPD’s newest volunteers include Stanley Clark, Ellen Flood, Helen Mathias, Joe Mathias, Jeanne Schatzman, Gary Scott, Marina Smith, Judy Voegeli, Laura Wernli, Debbie Peaslee and Courtney Sens.

Welcome to all our newest members!