San Gabriel
Police Officers' Association

Board Members


Gabino Bañuelos

Autobiography coming soon.

Vice President

Gilbert Magaña

Gilbert Magaña began his career in law enforcement with the San Gabriel Police Department in 2015. From 2016-2017, he was a Police Explorer Advisor, where he mentored and trained police explorers. In 2017, Magaña became part of the newly restructured Bicycle Response Team. Additionally in 2017 while in patrol, he established the first ever position of a Mental Health Evaluation Team (MET) Officer. In 2019, he was assigned to the Investigations Bureau working crimes against persons. In 2021, Magaña took on a collateral duty and became a Use of Force Instructor for the department. In 2022, Magaña became a member of the newly developed Peer Support Team for the department. As part of the Peer Support Team, he provides a helping hand, support, and resources for officers and employees going through a difficult time.

Magaña was elected as the President for the San Gabriel Police Officers’ Association from 2017-2020. In both 2021 and 2022, he was elected as the Vice President for the Police Officers’ Association.


Steve Gaona

Steve Gaona began his career in Law Enforcement as a Reserve Police Officer with the Hermosa Beach Police Department in 2010. In 2013, Gaona was hired as a full-time Police Officer with the San Gabriel Police Department. In 2015, he became a Police Explorer Advisor. As a Police Explorer Advisor, he mentors, recruits, and trains police explorers. In 2016, Steve Gaona took on the position as the Baker 2 Vegas Team Relay Challenge Captain, where he helped train, schedule, and prepare the San Gabriel running team for their running competition against various other police agencies. In 2017, Gaona became part of the newly restructured Bicycle Response Team. Additionally in 2017, Gaona was assigned as a Field Training Officer and was then assigned into the Investigations Bureau working property crimes. In 2018, he was assigned from Property Crimes to the Special Enforcement Team as part of the Investigations Bureau. Gaona was also elected as the San Gabriel Police Officer’s Association Sergeant-At-Arms in 2018. In 2021, Gaona was assigned back to patrol as a Field Training Officer, where he trains newly graduated recruits from the police academy and/or new police officer hires.


Mike Messropian

Autobiography coming soon.


Kevyn Yamada

Officer Yamada started his law enforcement career with a neighboring agency in 2016. In 2017, he lateralled to the San Gabriel Police Department where he is currently assigned to the patrol division. His assignments include; Field Training Officer, Bicycle Response Team Officer, and is a Drug Recognition Expert with multiple MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) awards. Officer Yamada also serves on the POA negotiations team.

In 2023, Officer Yamada was elected as Secretary for the San Gabriel Police Officers’ Association.