Patterson contracts with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department to provide police services.
Sheriff Sgt. John Walker left Patterson to help lead the detective bureau from the main office of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. Walker had spent more than three years on the beat in Patterson.
Newly promoted Sgt. Aaron Costello has taken Walker’s position within Patterson Police Services.
Costello, a 10-year veteran deputy of the department, has worked in one other contracted city before joining Patterson — the City of Waterford.
He also served as a gang detective for three-and-a-half years before the bureau was nicked by budget cuts.
Ten years ago, Costello decided to try his hand in law enforcement after watching several family members also become police officers in different agencies, he said.
Costello also noted that he is no stranger to Patterson, as he has worked within the area to fill in sporadic shifts in the past.
“I like the community feel here and I’m familiar with the beat,” he said Monday, Sept. 30. “This gives me the chance to be a little more pro-active.”
Sgt. Costello may not be the last new sergeant Patterson residents will become familiar with, as the council will be taking up a proposal in the next few months to add two more sheriff sergeants to ensure the city has its own around the clock.
Currently, sergeants work 12 hours a day, seven days a week while a watch commander from the main office handles calls in Patterson at night.
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