Visalia Police Department promotes officers to agents, sergeants

Chief of Police Jason Salazar announces two agent promotion, five sergeant promotions

VISALIA – The Visalia Police Department promoted a slew of officers last week, filling the ranks of more senior positions.

Last Thursday, Chief of Police Jason Salazar promoted officers Nate Henry and Henry Martinez to the position of police agent. The same day Salazar announced several sergeant promotions. According to a department press release Salazar promoted agent Michael Lombardo, agent Dustin Marvin, detective Dwight Brumley, officer Edvin Canto and officer Bryn Somavia.

Agent Nate Henry began his law enforcement career in 2005 as a police officer at the Hanford Police Department. In 2006, Henry was hired by the Visalia Police Department where he has held assignments in patrol, DUI, traffic, field training, bicycle unit, homeless outreach proactive enforcement (HOPE) team, mobile field force, and in his current assignment as the training officer in the Professional Standards Bureau. Henry is also an operator on the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) unit and Taser instructor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management from Union Institute and University.

Agent Henry Martinez began his law enforcement career as a police officer in 2012, at the Mendota Police Department. In 2014, Martinez was hired by the Visalia Police Department where he has held assignments in patrol and in his current assignment as a detective in the violent crimes unit. Martinez attended Heald College where he obtained an associate’s degree in criminology.

Sergeant Michael Lombardo began his law enforcement career in 2007, as a police officer at the Lemoore Police Department. In 2013, Lombardo was hired by the Visalia Police Department where he has held assignments in patrol, special enforcement unit, narcotics, and most recently agent—assigned to the District 2 Substation. He is also currently a member of the explorers unit. Lombardo attended Fresno State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology.

Sergeant Dustin Marvin began his law enforcement career in 2014, as a police officer at the Tulare Police Department. In 2019, Marvin was hired by the Visalia Police Department where he has held assignments in patrol, field training, and most recently agent—assigned to the special enforcement unit. Marvin attended West Hills College where he graduated with an associate’s degree in general studies. He continued his education at California State University, Fresno where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting and soon after attended Fresno Pacific University where he obtained a master’s degree in leadership and organizational studies.

Sergeant Dwight Brumley began his law enforcement career in 1999, as a deputy sheriff at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. In 2002, Brumley was hired by the Visalia Police Department where he has held assignments in patrol, field training, gang suppression unit, Tulare County agencies regional gang enforcement team, youth services, and most recently assigned as a property crimes detective. Dwight is also a member of the SWAT Team and the department’s range master. Dwight is currently enrolled in a bachelor’s criminology program.

Sergeant Edvin Canto was hired by the Visalia Police Department in 1999, as a community service officer. In 2000, Canto began his law enforcement career as a police officer where he has held assignments in patrol, property crimes, and most recently assigned to the field training unit. Canto is also a member of the SWAT Team, where he is assigned as a team leader, the department’s range master, and an operator on the unmanned aerial systems unit. Canto has also been assigned as the principled policing and implicit biased instructor. Canto attended College of the Sequoias where he obtained an associate’s degree in math and sciences. He is also currently enrolled in a bachelor’s criminology program.

Sergeant Bryan Somavia began his law enforcement career in 1999, as a deputy sheriff at the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department. In 2001, Somavia was hired by the Visalia Police Department where he has held assignments in patrol, youth services, property crimes, narcotics, violent crimes, and was most recently assigned to the field training unit. Somavia has also been assigned as the weaponless defense and impact weapon instructor. Somavia attended California State University, Fresno where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

All promotions will officially take effect this Saturday, Aug. 14.

Visalia Police Logs

Tuesday, Aug. 3
At 7:20 p.m., Visalia Police Department patrol officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm at 1627 S. Mooney Blvd. Upon arrival, officers confirmed a burglary had just occurred. The listed subject was contacted a short distance away and detained. A search of his belongings revealed stolen property from the business as well as other property from two previously reported burglaries. A property crimes detective responded to the scene. Further investigation revealed the suspect had committed a total of seven burglaries in the past two days. The suspect ultimately led officers to where several of the stolen items had been hidden. Suspect Timothy Bethell, 29, was transported to the Tulare County adult pretrial facility where he was booked on seven counts of burglary and possession of stolen property.

At 7:20 a.m., officers responded to the area of Houston and Irma regarding a subject, later identified as Javier Holguin, 34, who had struck a subject with a brick and threatened another victim. Officers contacted Holguin and he refused repeated commands to comply and attempts by officers to de-escalate the situation. Holguin threatened officers with the brick and less-lethal munitions were deployed, striking the suspect. The suspect threw the brick at an officer, just missing the officer and striking and damaging his patrol vehicle. Less-lethal munitions and a Taser were deployed, both ineffective. A police canine was then utilized, and after a violent struggle with officers, Holguin was taken into custody. Holguin was transported by ambulance to Kaweah Health Medical Clinic for treatment for injuries. The suspect was be booked at the Tulare County pretrial facility. No officers were injured. The police K9 received a minor injury and was treated by a local veterinarian.

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