Two Police Officers Promoted

Published on July 07, 2022

headshots of Sgt. Rashad Castaneda and MPO Brandon Bates in full police uniform standing in front of American flags.

Merriam Police Chief Darren McLaughlin recently promoted Rashad Castaneda from master police officer to sergeant and Officer Brandon Bates to master police officer.

Castaneda started working at the Merriam Police Department at the end of 2014 after spending three years as a deputy at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. He has worked in investigations and is on the department’s bicycle unit. He also is a Metro Squad investigator, a defensive tactics instructor, and helps his coworkers with peer support.

“I feel very blessed to have received this promotion,” Castaneda said. “My main objective as a supervisor is to help mentor and develop the next generation of officers at this department.”

Castaneda will oversee patrol officers during the midnight shift. 

“My top priority is to build on this department’s stellar reputation and maintain its outstanding culture and integrity,” Castaneda said.

Bates started working at the Merriam Police Department in 2019. He’s currently a training officer, a member of the Honor Guard, and a baton and de-escalation instructor. He said he’s very excited to receive this promotion to master police officer.

“I’ve worked hard to better myself,” Bates said. “This is the next step in my journey. This rank will help me become a leader and mentor other officers along their journey.”

Bates said the best thing about working for the department is that they stay busy, and everyone is like family. 

Say congrats to them when they’re out and about. You’ll find Bates and Castaneda at most City-sponsored community events and the annual National Night Out in August.

With these promotions, the Merriam Police Department is hiring new officers. Now’s the time to apply! The City offers competitive pay and great benefits. Fill out an application today!