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New police chief plans coffee series
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Lathrop’s new police chief Captain James Hood is conducting coffees to hear citizens’ concerns at the Starbucks on Harlan Road.

The continuing coffee gatherings are scheduled for the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 8:30 a.m. The first coffees are July 6 and 20 at the Starbucks located at 15010 S. Harlan Road.

Hood is hoping the public will bring their concerns and  questions about public safety in Lathrop.

Hood had been assigned to the Lathrop office for the past seven years.

Hood began his career with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s office in 1990 as a deputy working in the jail division until 1999. He was transferred to patrol in 1999 and then the detectives division in 2004 before being promoted to sergeant working county patrol in 2009.

Hood was transferred to Lathrop Police Services in 2010 and has been serving the city ever since. 

He served as sergeant until 2013 when he was promoted to lieutenant working with former Chief Danelle Hohe. In May, Hood was promoted to captain and then selected as the next Lathrop Police Chief following Hohe’s retirement.

Chief Hood attended Deltas College and Modesto College, He is currently attending Union Institute and University. He is also employed as an instructor at Delta College where he teaches Administration of Justice classes.

Lathrop is a contract city with the sheriff’s department.

To contact Glenn Kahl, email