On Thursday, September 25, 2008, Officer Tony Salazar and Detective Daniel Hanabusa, Hollenbeck Narcotics Enforcement Detail (NED), were awarded the Kelly Key Award by the Inner City Games Los Angeles and Hollenbeck Police Business Council, also known as the Hollenbeck Youth Center, during its 27th Annual Salute to the Los Angeles Dodgers Luncheon. Captain Blake Chow, Commanding Officer of the Hollenbeck Division, presented the award to the two officers who were both recently injured in separate incidents in the line of duty. Awards were also presented to business leaders for their contributions to the center and children who participate in the center’s programs.
Officer Tony Salazar has made numerous arrests ranging from murder to parole and narcotics violations. His commitment to the community has lead to the reduction in crime in the Hollenbeck Area. Officer Salazar was recently involved in a highly volatile situation where the NED was in the process of arresting active narcotics dealers when he was struck by a suspect’s vehicle. Officer Salazar was knocked to the ground and suffered numerous injuries to his legs and head. He is now recovering from his injuries and continues to be an inspiration to the community for his dedication and work ethic in making the community safer from drug dealers.
Detective Daniel Hanabusa is a recipient of the Kelly Key Award because of his continuous efforts to improve the quality of life for the people living in the Hollenbeck Area and his dedicated service to the community. As impressive as his crime-fighting credentials, equally impressive are his other personal attributes. He is sympathetic when dealing with the community and even the suspects generally do not bear him any personal animosity due to his professional conduct with them. Daniel was shot during a narcotics arrest in June of 2008. He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and is recovering rapidly from his injury.
Hollenbeck Youth Center with LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division is an example of community involvement deterring at-risk youth from getting involved in gangs, drugs and violence. The Hollenbeck Youth Center creates opportunities for inner-city youth to participate in athletic, educational, cultural, and community enrichment programs.