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May 14, 2013 > Promotion Announcements

Promotion Announcements

Submitted By Fremont PD

Fremont Chief of Police Richard Lucero announced two official appointments in mid-April, promoting Kimberly Petersen to the rank of Captain and Tom Severance to the rank of Lieutenant.

Captain Kimberly Petersen:
Kimberly Petersen was raised in the south San Francisco Bay Area but grew up on the soccer field. She played in the Olympic Development Program through high school and soccer carried her on to Stanford University, where she graduated with a degree in Human Biology. After graduating from Stanford, she moved on to Tokyo, Japan, where she played in the inaugural season for the "J" League, (Japan's professional soccer league). After spending two years in Tokyo, she returned home, ready to search for a career.

She became intrigued by the complexity and excitement of police work after going on a ride-a-long with a friend who worked for Santa Clara PD In 1996, she was hired by the Fremont Police Department. She has held various assignments including: Field Training Officer, Detective, Firearms Instructor, Arrest Control Instructor, and was the first female officer chosen for the S.W.A.T. Team in Fremont. After serving seven years on the SWAT Team, she developed a new unit at the department, known as the Tactical Emergency Medical Response Team.

Kim is married with three kids and currently working on her Master's degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. She spends her personal time-off coaching soccer and cheering on her kids.

Kim is currently serving as the Department's Patrol Division Commander.

Lieutenant Tom Severance:
Tom Severance grew up in Marin County. He was born into a law enforcement family (dad, great grandfather, cousin) and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a police officer. He officially began his career as a Deputy with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department where he worked for four years. In 1994, he was hired by the Fremont Police Department. After completing the Field Training Officer program, he was assigned to the Patrol Division. In 1997, he was selected as a member of the highly sought after Street Crimes Unit. After working in Street Crimes for two years, he rotated back to patrol in 1999. A short time later, he was promoted to Investigations and became a Sexual Assault Detective. He worked in this position until 2001 and then moved over to the Robbery/Homicide side of the Unit from 2001-2004. In 2004, he once again rotated back to the street as a Patrol Field Training Officer until 2007, when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He worked as a Patrol Sergeant for two years and then went back into the Street Crimes Unit as the Sergeant until he was promoted to Lieutenant this year.

Tom is married and has two sons who are very active in sports and outdoor activities.

Tom is currently serving as a Day Shift Patrol Watch Commander.

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