Police officers and well-wishers packed the community room of the Lodi Police Department on Wednesday to welcome two new officers to the police force, as well as celebrate another officer's promotion.
Cpl. Misty Springmeyer is only the second woman to be promoted to corporal in the department's history. The veteran officer was recognized for her accomplishments during the brief ceremony.
Also recognized were Karen Dawkins, a new police officer, and Lane Avilla, a new code enforcement officer.
Below is a brief synopsis of the officers' careers:
Cpl. Misty Springmeyer
Whether it is helping locate a missing second-grade student or investigating bank robberies, Cpl. Misty Springmeyer has been a vital part of the department since she was hired nine years ago.
Springmeyer has served as a volunteer reserve officer, both on patrol and as a bicycle officer. She has also worked in crime prevention and was the adviser for the cadet program.
In 2010, Springmeyer received a letter acknowledging her help when a Los Angeles County Sheriff's officer visited Lodi.
She was "very personable, kind and compassionate. Her knowledge of the city was highly helpful and informative," according to the officer.
Springmeyer is married to Kyle and has a 2-year-old daughter. She likes to run, be outdoors and spend time with family.
Officer Karen Dawkins
Born and raised in Colorado, Officer Karen Dawkins moved to Stockton in 2004 and went to University of the Pacific. She had a full basketball scholarship at the university, and received a bachelor's degree in sociology.
She graduated from the Delta College POST Academy in 2012.
In her free time, Dawkins enjoys volunteering as a coach for Lincoln High School in Stockton and playing basketball. She also enjoys spending time with her friends.
Officer Lane Avilla
Officer Lane Avilla will bring his experience from 12 years as a code enforcement officer for other cities in San Joaquin County to his new job in Lodi.
The 43-year-old spent 12 years working for the cities of Stockton, Lathrop and Manteca in code enforcement roles.
When Chief Mark Helms was in charge of the Stockton code enforcement department, he watched Avilla present and implement ordinances on administrative citation procedures, mobile vending, parking, vacant property, graffiti and rental inspection.
Avilla also served as a Stockton Reserve Police officer for 19 years.
When Avilla is not working, he enjoys fishing, golfing, hiking and raising cows and goats for meat. He is also the chairman for the Museum Commission.