KENNEWICK -- Kennewick police will be adding a new officer to its force Monday.
Officer Jose "Joe" Santoy, a Prosser native who grew up in Grandview, will be sworn in at 8:30 a.m. by Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg.
Santoy graduated from the University of Washington in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in law and justice.
He worked as a community corrections officer in Renton with an emphasis on gang members and started his career with the Bellevue Police Department in May 2008.
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Santoy was "highly thought of" by Bellevue officers and was described as an officer who is "engaged, (has) a strong work ethic and enjoys helping others," officials said.
The new officer is said to enjoy patrol work and proactively investigating gang crime. His wife is a teacher in Grandview.