After 18 years with the Richmond Police Department, former Capt. Manjit Sappal on Monday is starting his new job as police chief for the Martinez Police Department.
Sappal was hired following an extensive search for a top cop for Martinez and is earning a base annual salary of $175,000.
The department praised Sappal’s work in Richmond.
“Sappal’s career at the Richmond Police Department was impressive,” the department said in a tribute to Sappal on its Facebook page. “His shoes will be very difficult to fill and his talent will surely be missed.”
Sappal attended police academy at Los Medanos Community College in Pittsburg in 1995, then moved onto the Pittsburg Police Department, where he spent a brief stint as a school resource officer and also worked on street assignments. Two years later, a friend from Sappal’s academy recruited him to the Richmond Police Department, where he worked on the street enforcement teams, on SWAT, as a firearms instructor and also a homicide detective.
In 2006, Sappal was promoted to sergeant, where he supervised street patrols. He was later transferred to property crimes investigations supervising a team of detectives. Sappal was also tasked with initiating the Compstat model of data-driven policing. In 2008, Sappal was promoted to lieutenant, assumed the role of watch commander and eventually transferred to internal affairs.
In 2011, Sappal was promoted to captain, assigned to the Richmond’s Northern District and later transferred to the Southern District.