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Paul Jimenez is first addition to Lodi Police Department in more than a year

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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:31 am, Wed Mar 7, 2012.

Paul Jimenez stood proudly in front of his peers Tuesday afternoon as Lodi Police Chief Mark Helms welcomed him as the newest addition to the Lodi Police Department.

And Jimenez had every reason to be proud. He is the first officer to join the department in more than a year.

But Jimenez's experience in law enforcement is in no way just beginning.

Jimenez is a 16-year Stockton Police Department veteran, working in various capacities within the department not only as a field officer but also as part of the robbery, homicide, and burglary units during his tenure.

Born and raised in Stockton, Jimenez is now a Lodi resident. He said at his swearing-in ceremony that he is excited to be working with the department and is looking forward to his future as a Lodi officer.

Along with his wife Linda Jimenez, who is a deputy sheriff with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, Jimenez accepted his new appointment with his son, Nicholas, who pinned his father's shield.

Helms facilitated the appointment Tuesday, highlighting that the addition of Jimenez to the department is the first that Lodi has seen since November 2010.

"This is a step in the right direction (for the department)," Helms said.

Helms not only highlighted Jimenez's history of work with the Stockton Police Department, he also shed a little light onto Jimenez's personal life.

In addition to enjoying hobbies such as photography and jogging, Jimenez is also a fan of both camping and RVing.

But do not say that camping and RVing are the same thing, Helms joked, as Jimenez would most likely correct you.

Jimenez attended Delta College before transferring to California State University, Fresno, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminology.

He also served as a reserve deputy sheriff for Fresno County prior to coming to Lodi.

Jimenez began working with the Lodi Police Department March 5.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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