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Rick Collins becomes CPD's second lieutenant
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The Ceres Police Department has promoted its second ever lieutenant and announced a promotion of a new sergeant.

Richard "Rick" Collins, who has been with Ceres police since 1992, is being named the department's second lieutenant effective Sunday.

Collins he began his tenure with the Ceres Police in 1992, at the age of 18 years old as a police explorer. He excelled in the program, and later became a Reserve Police Officer in 1995.

In 1997 he became a sworn officer. In August of 1998, he became a member of the Ceres Police SWAT team. Further during his tenure with the agency Collins has spent time in detectives, from 1999 to 2004, where he excelled as a Hi Tech Crimes Detective.

He was promoted to sergeant in October of 2004, and served as a patrol watch commander / shift supervisor. In August of 2005, he was elevated to the position of the SWAT team leader. He has spent the last 10 years involved in SWAT.

Collins was named 2007 "Police Officer of the Year." His selection for this was based on nominations from his peers. He expects professionalism from the personnel he supervises, and leads by example. He was a respected patrol sergeant amongst the troops, who have come to count on his support while they perform their duties. They appreciate the leadership he displays during his day-to-day contact with them.

Collins, a 1991 Ceres High School graduate, is married, to his wife Heidi, and they have a son Trey.

The department also promoted officer Dennis "D.J." Perry to the rank of sergeant.

Perry began his career in law enforcement as a reserve police officer with the city of Newman in 1997. In February of 1999, he became a member of the Ceres Police Department.

During his tenure with Ceres police, he has served as a patrol officer, and detective. He is a member of the Ceres Police SWAT team, joining the team in September 2000. In January of 2003, he began his tour as detective. Much of his time was spent conducting gang related investigations, and he spent over three years with the Central Valley Gang Impact Task Force.

Perry is being assigned to Patrol as a Patrol Supervisor and Watch Commander supervising one of the many shifts of patrol officers, community service officers, and dispatch personnel.

"He is very energetic and brings with him the desire to improve the community he serves," said Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges.

Perry is a 1992 Argus High School graduate. He is a US Navy veteran prior to his foray into law enforcement. He and wife Tina have two daughters Sierra and Jessica.