Three newly hired police officers hit the Hemet streets
■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter
A badge pinning ceremony was held for the Hemet Police Department’s newest recruit, Officer David McDonough, Monday morning, Feb. 26, in the upstairs police department administration lobby.
McDonough was born and raised in Hemet and began his law enforcement career in 1999 with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He worked there for 18 years at several stations including Hemet/San Jacinto, Cabazon, and Moreno Valley.
“The opportunity to serve my community,” McDonough said, describing what he was looking forward to most. “I had that opportunity for a short time when I was assigned to the Hemet San Jacinto station, and that was for about 10 years, but I had to leave. I just wanted to be able to come back to my community and finish my career here. The best way to do that was coming to the Hemet Police Department.”
Chief Rob Webb did the honors of swearing in his department’s newest police officer, and McDonough’s wife Emily, and young daughter Gemma.
“Dave is a great addition to our team,” wrote Chief Webb in an email. “He is a lifelong Hemet resident, he is very personable and has a ton of experience. He has a vested interest in working to make our community better and we are excited he chose Hemet PD.”
A sizable crowd seemed to agree with Webb, as McDonough’s family and friends sang high praise of his reputation in the community.
“Dave’s a great guy, and he has a great family,” said former police chief and McDonough’s close friend Dave Brown, who is running for Riverside County Sheriff this fall.
“I really enjoy helping other people,” McDonough continued. “I know it’s a generic answer, but I do. I really enjoy solving problems for people, going to their homes when they’re really desperate and need some help—I just enjoy going there and figuring out a solution for them, and serving the community.”
McDonough is the third officer to join the likes of HPD this new year. Brand new Hemet police officers Alexander Lee and Steven Alvarado graduated with the 113th San Diego Police Academy class on Feb. 14.