Former LAPD officer joins Camas force

Family and fellow officers witness the event

George Hernandez pinned a Camas Police Department badge on his wife Monica Hernandez on Sept. 23 as she was officially sworn in as its most recent patrol officer hire.

Hernandez, 30, began her career in law enforcement with the Los Angeles Police Department, where she served five years in the patrol, vice and gang units. Until joining the CPD, she was an officer in Vancouver.

During the swearing-in, surrounded by fellow officers and several family members including her two daughters, Hernandez said she’s been grateful for the encouragement, and looks forward to a long career in Camas.

“Thank you for all of my support. It’s so great to have the most important people in my life here,” she said. “I hope to be here until I retire. I hope you don’t mind.”

Led by Chief Mitch Lackey, the CPD currently has 15 patrol officers, six sergeants, one captain, one detective and one school resource officer.