Saida Maalin | Contributor
San Bernardino Police Department promoted two tenured officers to lieutenant and captain on June 25.
Lieutenant Nelson Carrington and Captain Francisco Hernandez were considered for advancement after undergoing multiple investigative, supervisory and management courses to determine their ability to fit the roles.
“I selected these two hard workers as my newest lieutenant and captain because they are proven leaders,” said Interim Chief Eric McBride.
Both have dedicated themselves to serve the City of San Bernardino and have been with the department for over 15 years. They have held many ranks including officer, corporal and sergeant, although Hernandez held the rank of lieutenant before being promoted to captain.
The pair attended San Bernardino Valley College. Captain Hernandez continued his education and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Management.
Hernandez was born in Bellflower and moved to the Inland Empire in 1980. Francisco joined the San Bernardino Police Department in 2004 where he held the ranks of officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and was promoted to captain in 2020.
Both have a passion for working with youth and have volunteered at Police Activities League events, have managed the Police Explorers post, and Hernnadez has worked hard to find funds to hire explorers as cadets.
“Nelson Carrington and Francisco Hernandez have demonstrated their leadership abilities amongst our organization and have earned respect and trust of our community members,” said McBride.
Lieutenant Carrington was born in New York and moved to California in 1989. He was raised in the Rancho West neighborhood of San Bernardino and has a close connection to the inland region. He enlisted in the United States Army Infantry right out of high school. He found a deeper understanding of community and department needs because of his day to day on the job experiences.
San Bernardino welcomes Carrington as the new Western District Commander and Hernandez as the new Administrative Services Captain.
For more information on how to join SBPD visit https://www.joinsbpd.org/.
Photo: Lieutenant Nelson Carrington and Captain Francisco Hernandez
Saida Maalin is a Somali-American writer and multimedia creative who enjoys using her communications and interpersonal skills to create engaging news stories. She earned an associate degree in Journalism from Riverside Community College and is continuing her education to enhance her knowledge and skills in multimedia reporting.