April 21, 2015- At this morning’s police commission meeting, three Central Division officers were acknowledged for their exceptional work on the streets of Skid Row. Appearing before the commission, Police Officer III Deon Joseph, Police Officer II Delano Hutchins and Police Officer II Andre Linnear each talked briefly about the various rewarding, though challenging aspects of patrolling what many believe is the city’s most troubled area.
The officers’ acknowledgement with certificates of appreciation from the Los Angeles Police Commission comes on the heels of a similar event earlier this month in Sacramento where the California State Senate also honored the officers for their dedicated work with the Skid Row homeless community. Senator Isadore Hall presented each of the officers with a California State Senate Resolution.
The officers’ diligent efforts tie in with major programs to improve life on Skid Row through the Department’s Safer Cities Initiative, which works closely with the Los Angeles Homeless Service Association and Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, among others, to provide services directly to area residents.
“Day in, day out; night in, night out, Central Division is the toughest assignment in the city because of Skid Row,” said Chief Beck. “The officers that dedicate themselves to working ‘the Row’ have tremendous hearts. They do it as volunteers; they do it because they want to make a difference.”
A short video about the officers was presented at the commission meeting and may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6VPqyXx9hs
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