Two new police officers were sworn in today at KPD headquarters by Chief Ken Hohenberg.

One is a home grown product, a Finley native, the other hails from Florida but has been in the PNW for the past 15 years.


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Kennewick Police Department
Kennewick Police Department

Officer Dakota Rogers grew up in Finley, WA, where he attended River View High School. Dakota joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 2017 and is currently a field artillery cannoneer. Dakota comes to the Kennewick Police Department via the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, where Rogers was a corrections officer since 2018.

Rogers is married and he and his wife are expecting their first child together soon.

Officer Alyssa Garcilazo was born and raised in Panama City, Florida. She moved to the Pacific Northwest 15 years ago and has spent the last 7 years serving members of the community by helping them with their financial needs.

Kennewick Police Department
Kennewick Police Department

She is currently finishing her degree in Criminal Justice. Alyssa is inspired daily by her husband and their two children. In her free time, she enjoys competing in all sports, cooking, traveling, and most of all, spending time with her family.

KPD is excited to have both Dakota and Alyssa joining their team. They are looking forward to continuing to serve the Tri-Cities community as members of the Kennewick Police Department.

Here's one of KPD's mission statements: We will provide excellent public service and ensure the safety and well being of our community and one another through the empowerment of each employee.

Dakota knows all about the Tri-Cities and the penchant for breezy days being a native, the following is for Officer Garcilazo, in case she needs a refresher - Read on:

Things That Can Blow Away in a Tri-Cities, Washington Windstorm

Well-known for its wine and rivers, Tri-Cities is also notorious for its wind. The curvature of the basin and proximity to the river makes the howling, swirling winds feel just as at home here as we do. Don't be surprised to see some of these objects get some "mad air" as a good ol' fashioned windstorm stirs it up! Whether it's a trampoline in Pasco or a screen door in Kennewick, make sure you've got everything secured.

10 Reasons NOT to move to the Tri-Cities

We've compiled a list of 10 reasons NOT to move to the Tri-Cities *wink *wink

LOOK: Here Are 30 Foods That Are Poisonous to Dogs

To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

Even with all of these resources, however, the best cure for food poisoning is preventing it in the first place. To give you an idea of what human foods can be dangerous, Stacker has put together a slideshow of 30 common foods to avoid. Take a look to see if there are any that surprise you.

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