Today, the Los Angeles Police Department recognized forty six sworn and civilian men and women for their dedication and commitment to the people of Los Angeles at the 2011 Recognition Award Ceremony. The recipients were recognized by the Department for numerous awards.
Before the awards were presented, Chief Beck stated, “This is a great organization, I’m proud to be part of it, I’m proud to be its leader. However what I’m most proud of is, the men and women that make up the ranks of police officers.”
One recipient was given the “Community Policing Medal.” The Community Policing Medal is awarded to Department personnel who have solved a significant community problem, included the community in the problem solving process, and/or shown a commitment to the Department's Community Policing philosophy. The Community Policing Medal may be awarded to an individual or to an organizational entity within the Department.
One recipient was given the “Police Distinguished Service Medal.” The Police Distinguished Service Medal is the Department's highest award for service and may be awarded to employees who distinguish themselves by performing exceptional service in a duty of great responsibility or of critical importance to law enforcement.
Seven recipients were given the “Lifesaving Medal.” The life saving Medal is awarded to recognize the actions of Department personnel that result in the saving or preservation of human life that otherwise would have been lost without the employee's direct involvement. An employee can receive only one lifesaving award per incident, regardless of how many victims were involved. The award consists of a medal, lapel pin, and ribbon.
Thirty seven recipients were given the “Police Star.” Employees who distinguish themselves by bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of duty, but to a lesser degree than required for the Police Medal. Employees who distinguish themselves by performing in stressful situations with exceptional tactics and/or judgment. The award consists of a medal, lapel pin, and a ribbon.
The ceremony was held in the Ronald Deaton Auditorium. The auditorium was filled with members of the Department, family, and friends sharing in the special moment with their loved ones.