Tustin Police Department’s new hire thrives off previous military experience


For new police recruits, the academy is often a daunting and stressful experience. However, Merwin Caiza, a new officer joining the Tustin police force, had an edge – he went into the academy with over eight years of military experience under his belt. “There were a lot of people that hadn’t been introduced to that kind of stress, and coming from the Marine Corps and boot camp, you’re always stressed out,” Caiza said. “The academy was similar because there’s lots of yelling and people all up in your face; the physical fitness was pretty tough.” But one thing Caiza learned during…

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