This morning, despite the gloomy weather, Foothill Division held its annual Formal Command Inspection. The ceremony commenced with the marching of the LAPD Color Guard and a distinguished performance of the Star Spangle Banner by Officer Rosalind Curry. Displaying glimmering badges, spit shine boots and impeccable uniforms, officers proudly stood at attention. Chief Bratton, Assistant Chief Paysinger, Valley Bureau Commanding Officer, Deputy Chief Moore, and Captain Curreri, Foothill’s Area Commanding Officer, inspected the Division’s rank and file. Council Members, Richard Alarcon and Tony Cardenas joined the Command Staff as they walked the lines and thanked officers and civilians for their hard work and dedication.
After the inspection Chief Bratton proudly stated, “It is a privilege to be your Chief, to be your leader, to be a Los Angeles Police Office. Your performance this morning was outstanding, you looked every bit as good as when our recruit classes march down the Elysian field, to begin their careers.” Chief Bratton also acknowledged he particularly enjoys attending divisional inspections as they are a reflection of the traditions of the Department. He stated, “You must have pride in the badge you so proudly wear, pride in the Department’s history and pride in the way that we work together, these are extraordinary times and public support is at its highest.”
Assistant Chief Paysinger thanked Captain Curreri for his phenomenal leadership and announced this was Captain’s Curreri’s last formal inspection, as he is retiring after more than 35 years of service with Department. “He has done his job extraordinary well, the LAPD is so much better because of him. He has provided his leadership, coaching and mentorship, everything that he has brought to the LAPD represents a legacy.”