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Antioch Police hires one officer and promotes four others
New Antioch Police Officer Pedro Diaz (left) was sworn in and Sergeant Kris Palma, Corporal Dan Fachner, Sergeant Randall Gragg and Sergeant Bill Whitaker were promoted by Interim Chief Brian Addington (right) on July 8, 2024. Photo by APD

Three for Sergeant, one for Corporal; Sergeant and CSO honored with CHP 10851 award

Brings strength to 76 sworn officials

By Allen D. Payton

During a ceremony on Monday, July 8, 2024, Antioch Police Interim Chief Brian Addington swore in a new officer and promoted four others within the department. He provided background information on each of them and also administered the oath of honor to the five.

Additionally, Sgt. Rob Green and CSO Rudy Nieves received CHP 10851 for recovering a number of stolen vehicles.

CSO Rudy Nieves (left) and Sgt. Rob Green (right) received the CHP 10851 award from Interim Chief Brian Addington on July 8, 2024. Photo by ADP

Sergeant Bill Whitaker

Bill Whitaker has been a police officer for over 22 years. He began his career with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, where he worked as a police officer and firefighter. Since joining the APD, Sergeant Whitaker has held specialty positions as a CSI, FTO, canine handler and detective.

He has also worked as a gang investigator, a drone pilot, a recruiting team member, and a background investigator.

Sergeant Whitaker enjoys teaching and mentoring the next generation of police officers. He is an EVOC instructor, use of force instructor, and K9 evaluator.

In his free time, he enjoys relaxing with family and friends, watching his son play football and watching documentaries.

For Sgt. Whitaker, the transition from Corporal to Sergeant is an honor and he looks forward to the new challenge of continuing to serve the community.

Fun fact: If Bill could live on a farm and raise herds of dogs for a living, he would retire.

Sergeant Kris Palma

Kris grew up in Martinez. He graduated from Alhambra High School and pursued his dream of becoming a police officer. Sergeant Palma started as a civilian with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office before attending the Law Enforcement Training Center in Pittsburg. He got his passion for police work from his father, who served with the San Francisco Police Department for 39 years. Sergeant Palma also has a brother who serves as a police lieutenant in the neighboring community of Pittsburg.

He began his career with the Richmond Police Department, where he served as a police officer for 15 years. During his time with the Richmond PD, Sergeant Palma excelled in multiple assignments including serving as a Field Training Officer, SWAT team member, firearms and tactics instructor, canine handler, and robbery unit detective. He was involved in the community by teaching several classes for the department’s Citizens Academy, speaking to at-risk youth, and participating in numerous canine demonstrations.

In 2016, Sergeant Palma was selected by his peers as Officer of the Year for his outstanding leadership and service to the community. That same year, he received a Lifesaving Medal for providing lifesaving assistance to a kindergarten teacher who was the unintentional victim of a nearby shooting.

Sgt. Palma joined the Antioch Police Department in 2021. Due to his experience, he was selected to serve as an FTO, weapons instructor, SWAT team member, and detective in the Special Investigations Unit. Sgt. Palma was appointed as a Deputy U.S. Marshal and served with the USMS Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force. Most recently, he assumed the role of Deputy Sergeant of the Investigations Bureau, where he was given the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest detectives.

Sergeant Palma is married to his wonderful wife Lurdes, who, when she is not at home with their three boys, spends her time in the emergency room and, as a trained nurse, helps those in need.

Fun fact: Kris enjoys spending time with his family, going on camping trips, and coaching his boys in baseball and football.

Sergeant Randall Gragg

Sgt. Gragg grew up in Antioch. He graduated from the Contra Costa County 175th Law Enforcement Academy and was sworn into the Antioch Police Department in November 2014. He has over five years of patrol experience. While on patrol, he was a member of the Vehicle Theft Suppression and Enforcement Team (VSET), the Antioch Police Department’s honor guard, and is currently a member of a SWAT team and sniper.

Sergeant Gragg has been in charge of investigations for just over four years. He has worked in various areas of investigations, but most recently as a homicide and violent crimes investigator. He recently participated in the APD Mentorship Program and became a WRAP instructor.

Prior to joining law enforcement, Sergeant Gragg served for six years as an Infantry Marine in the USMC Reserves from 2009 to 2015.

He holds three AAs from Los Medanos College in social sciences, arts and humanities, mathematics, and behavioral sciences.

Sgt Gragg is married and has three children, with a fourth on the way. In his spare time he enjoys training and spending time with his family.

Fun fact: Randall is currently learning to play the guitar.

Corporal Dan Fachner

Dan grew up in the Bay Area and enlisted in the Air Force in 1990 after graduating high school. He served 11 years on active duty as an engine mechanic on KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft. In 2001, Corporal Fachner was honorably discharged from active duty in the Air Force and was hired by the San Jose Police Department as a police officer. He attended and graduated from the San Jose Police Academy at Evergreen Community College.

While training at the police academy, 9/11 occurred and Corporal Fachner decided to serve his country again and joined the Air Force Reserve. After graduating from the police academy, he was activated and returned to active duty. Corporal Fachner proudly served during Operation Enduring Freedom, where he worked on KC10 aircraft tankers and was responsible for worldwide support.

While with the San Jose Police Department, Corporal Fachner worked in patrol for 12 years. He was a member of the rifle team and an instructor for the field training program. Dan had a secondary assignment as a gang suppression officer where he helped reduce gang violence in the city of San Jose.

Corporal Fachner retired from the Air Force in 2013 after 23 years of service. He joined the Antioch Police Department in 2013 as a police officer and was assigned to patrol duty. During his time on patrol, Dan served as a dog handler, rifle team member, field instructor, and drone operator. He also held a secondary assignment and was assigned to the Contra Costa County Vehicle Suppression Enforcement Team, which focused on reducing vehicle thefts.

Outside of work, Corporal Fachner enjoys traveling with his wife Crissy. He is also an avid golfer and bass fisherman.

useful information: Dan recently qualified for the Tournament of Champions bass fishing series where he won a new bass boat.

New officer Pedro Diaz

Pedro grew up in Linden, California and then moved to Stockton, California where he currently lives. Officer Diaz graduated from the San Joaquin Delta Post Academy last October. He is dedicated and hopes to make a difference in the city of Antioch.

Fun fact: Officer Diaz likes to play soccer.

Diaz’s hiring increases the number of sworn officers in the Antioch Police Department to 76 of the 115 authorized in the budget.

The 3rd photo shows the promotions and the order is Palma, Fachner, Gragg and Whitaker.

the attachments to this article:



CSO Nieves & Sgt Green CHP Award 7.8.24



APD: Promotions for new officers, sergeants and noncommissioned officers, 08.07.24

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