Employee of the Month

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City of Porterville
291 North Main Street
Porterville, CA 93257
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City of Porterville

August 2016 Employee of the Month

Erik Martinez

 Police Department

Officer-In-Charge Erik Martinez has worked with the Porterville Police Department for almost ten years.  Erik was born in Tulare, California and after graduating from high school he joined the United States Army.  While in the Army, he was a distinguished honor graduate of the Air Assault School and later served at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Camp Sears, Korea. 

In 2005, Erik attended the Tulare/Kings County Police Academy. Erik graduated from the police academy and was hired by Tulare Police Department as a Community Service Officer.  After working for about twelve months at Tulare Police Department, Erik was hired with the Porterville Police Department as a Police Officer.

During his employment with the Porterville Police Department Erik has worked a variety of assignments which include: Uniformed Patrol, Field Training Officer Unit, Traffic Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Neighborhood Crime Suppression Unit, Narcotics Unit, General Investigations Unit, and was recently assigned as an Officer-In-Charge for the Patrol Division.

Erik has shown skill in identifying criminal problems within the city and then developing a plan to solve the problem.  Erik is a gang and narcotic expert which has led to many successful felony convictions. Erik has been instrumental in assisting in gang related homicides, narcotic investigations and other types of violent crimes, which have led to convictions.  

Erik continues to demonstrate his capability in supervising many different complex investigations and is also an assistant supervisor to the department’s Major Accident Investigations Team.  Erik continually seeks out ways to improve his abilities not only as an officer, but as a supervisor.   Not very many people know this, but Erik is also fluent in Sign language, which has been instrumental in the investigation and prosecution of several criminal cases.

Erik has two wonderful children, Erika Jaiden Martinez, age 9; Erik Martinez Jr. age 5; both of whom reside with him in the City of Tulare.


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