The Pleasanton Police Department welcomed a Pleasanton native as its newest officer this month.
Officer Brian Johnston, who was born and raised in Pleasanton, was sworn in July 22. He will be assigned as a patrol officer after a 16-week field training program, according to the department.
Johnston graduated from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office on July 15.
He graduated from Amador Valley High School and earned a bachelor's degree in criminology at Cal State Fresno. He told the department he became interested in law enforcement as a child when officers visited his school as part of the D.A.R.E. program.