May 1, 2015

New Officers Carry On In Their Fathers' Legacy

The Santa Cruz Police Department stood proudly today as two officers both sons of SCPD veterans were sworn in by Police Chief Kevin Vogel.
Adam Baker and Erik Bailey took the oath of office after their graduation from the police academy this morning.

Following in the tradition of their fathers, Adam Baker and Erik Bailey are now SCPD Police Officers. 

Chief Kevin Vogel was the keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony and many of the SCPD staff were on hand to witness the graduation ceremony for Academy Class SB 128 of the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium.

Pinning of their badges was an extra special highlight.  Both officers will carry on the badge numbers that their father’s honorably wore in service.

Recently retired 26-year retired veteran of the department; Mark Bailey had the privilege of pinning his badge #146 on his son Erik.

Adams mother, Kelly Baker had the honor of pinning Butch Baker’s badge #159 on her son’s chest.

Chief Kevin Vogel remarked, “Issuing the oath of office and swearing in the sons of my former colleagues is a highlight in my career.  We are all incredibly proud of these two fine officers”. 

Meet our newest officers:

Adam Baker is 23 years old. Adam has worked in the department as Community Service Officer since 2010.

Erik Bailey is 25 years old.  Eric previously worked at Safeway in Aptos. Erik also serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a radio operator.   

This duo graduated near the top of their academy class.

We have seen these two grow up in the halls of SCPD. We are proud that Adam and Eric choose to continue the legacy of service to our community.

The graduating ceremony concludes 22 weeks of rigorous training at the academy.

The next 4 months they will be partnered with veteran officers for Field Training Program and evaluation before they are solo beat officers.