The Arcadia Police Department saw three long-time members bid farewell over the last couple of weeks; Chief Bob Sanderson, Captain Gene Gioia, and Sergeant Dean Caputo, all served their last days as sworn members of the Department, and now enter the ranks of the retired. These three men started their law enforcement careers as teens back in the 1970's. Bob Sanderson and Dean Caputo were both Police Explorers for APD and were later hired as Police Cadets in 1975 and 1979, respectively. Gene Gioia also began his career at APD in 1979 as a Police Cadet. Pictured here, left to right, are young Police Officers Sanderson and Gioia, and Cadet Caputo.
Chief Bob Sanderson became a sworn Police Officer in 1982, rising through the ranks over the years, first promoted to Sergeant in 1988. Bob was promoted to Lieutenant in 1995, Captain in 1999, and Chief of Police in 2005, replacing Chief Dave Hinig.
Captain Gene Gioia was sworn in as a Police Officer in 1981 and promoted to Sergeant in 1988. After ten years as a Sergeant, Gene became a Lieutenant in 1998, and a Captain in 2005.
Sergeant Dean Caputo briefly left APD to become a Police Officer at the Glendale Police Department in 1981, only to return to Arcadia as an Officer in 1982. Dean promoted to Sergeant in 1995.
Bob, Gene, and Dean have each served long and distinguished careers at the Arcadia Police Department and have each made their mark on the organization. All three men are well known throughout both the local and the law enforcement communities and are will be missed. Please join us in congratulating Bob, Gene, and Dean and in wishing them the best for a long and happy retirement.
(Chief Bob Sanderson is pictured above, standing in the APD station atrium.)
(Captain Gene Gioia is pictured above, standing to the front of APD. Sergeant Dean Caputo poses for a birthday shot shortly before retirement. Dean, the cake photos were too hard to pass up.)