Clayton, CA—With his family on hand to celebrate, Richard Enea, Jr, a 15-year veteran of the Clayton Police Department realized a dream when his mother pinned a sergeant’s badge on his chest at the Oct. 4 City Council meeting. Enea Jr., follows in the footsteps of his father, Sergeant Rich Enea, Sr., who retired from the department in 2004.
“We require officers to not only be experts in law enforcement,” Clayton Police Chief Elise Warren said as she prepared to administer the Oath. “But they must have many of the same skills of a trained psychologist, a lawyer and a community organizer.
Enea’s law enforcement career began in 1996 as a 16-year-old Clayton Valley High School police explorer. He went on to serve as a Concord jailer and reserve officer, joining the Clayton PD in 2004 at age 24.
With a strong commitment to law enforcement, Enea has been honored by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for his aggressive record in arresting drunk drivers and has been named Clayton’s Employee of the Year more than once.
An arrest last year gave Enea one of the proudest moments of his career when he spotted the getaway car fleeing from two Concord robberies and made the arrest.