Oftentimes the holiday season is a time of reflection, stimulating the good memories of what we endured throughout the year. We reflect not only on the successes and milestones we’ve shared as a Department and in our own personal lives, but the challenges as well. In this message, I recognize some of our accomplishments and milestones, but notably wish to honor those who are actively serving in our Armed Forces as well as the members of the LAPD family we lost this year.
While we have faced some challenging times, there is still so much to be proud of. Even during the tough times, faced with budget cuts, furloughs, and doing more with less, you continue to keep crime down. We accomplished this together as one resilient workforce to accomplish the mission that we all signed up for when we joined the Department. As public servants, there is nothing more gratifying than knowing you are making a difference. In an era where exceptional customer service excellence has virtually disappeared from some professions, the work ethic that each and every one of you demonstrate should be held up as an example for others to try to emulate.
The year 2010 marks the centennial celebration of women in policing in the LAPD. We had the eyes of the nation on us during the Lakers victory celebration and through relentless and unprecedented investigative work, identified and arrested those who celebrated unlawfully in our City. We also identified a serial killer, the “Grim Sleeper”, and put him behind bars, giving the many families of the victims a sense of closure and peace of mind. We celebrated the one year anniversary of our new home at the Police Administration Building and we integrated 21st century technology into our units by adding digital in-car video surveillance systems. Our critical incident training methods remained cutting edge with the unveiling of the “HYDRA” Simulation System, the first of its kind in the United States.
But let us not forget the families of those 39 Los Angeles Police Department employees that continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that we have come together far too many times to recognize the fallen men and women of this Department. I am saddened that we lost two of our own as they proudly served their country under the most dangerous of circumstances. The memories of Officers “RJ” Cottle and Joshua Cullins will live forever in our hearts as we honor them for their extraordinary sacrifices. We are justly proud of them and their families, for the lasting contributions they have made.
For the officers currently serving in active duty, please keep them close to your heart, as we look forward to their speedy and safe return:
David Anaya, Serial No. 40012, U.S. Army
Erick Barrera, Serial No. 33707, U.S. Marines
Christopher Bellah, Serial No. 39478, U.S. Marines
Thomas Bojorquez, Serial No. 30872, U.S. Army
Christine Bulicz, Serial No. 34690, U.S. Army
David Christensen, Serial No. 38558, U.S. Marines
Brendan Flynn, Serial No. 38496, U. S. Marines
Richard Gadsby, Serial No. 31981, U.S. National Guard
Craig Garcia, Serial No. 40032, U.S. National Guard
David Gonzalez, Serial No. 39760, U.S. Army
Benjamin Hetzler, Serial No. 35160, U.S. Navy
Loma Holland, Serial No. 30394, U.S. Navy
Manuel Huezo, Serial No. 33990, U.S. Coast Guard
Marjorie Israel, Serial No. 38486, U.S. Air Force
Eric Jimenez, Serial No. 39222, U.S. Army
Michael Johnson, Serial No. 31570, U.S. Army
John Kim, Serial No. 31739, U.S. Army
Jonathan Kirkpatrick, Serial No. 33335, U.S. Marines
August Lopez, Serial No. 38285, U.S. Army
Cao Luu, Serial No. 36822, U.S. Army
Kevin Marshall, Serial No. 38399, U.S. Army
Greg McManus, Serial No. 33931, U.S. Marines
Daniel Medina, Serial No. 39453, U.S. Army
Joseph Mueller, Serial No. 21213, U.S. Marines
Joe Olivares, Serial No. 39658, U.S. Marines
Ryan Powell, Serial No. 35570, U.S. Marines
Sonia Rodriguez, Serial No. 38964, U.S. Army
Michael Rodriguez, Serial No. 30566, U.S. Marines
Gina Roh, Serial No. 39516, U.S. National Guard
John Seffel, Serial No. 35330, U.S. National Guard
Sonia Sigler, Serial No. 32904, U.S. Navy
Ryan Stogner, Serial No. 38373, U.S. Marines
Rigoberto Torres, Serial No. 39788, U.S. Marines
Ruben Vargas, Serial No. 38825, U.S. Marines
Michael Watson, Serial No. 34309, U. S. Marines
Ryan White, Serial No. 34506, U. S. Marines
Robert White, Serial No. 32998, U. S. Army
Roy Yoo, Serial No. 39248, U.S. Army
This year we endured the heartache of having to say goodbye to other members of our LAPD family who passed away.
Police Officer II Ray Robinson, Serial No.27156 End of Watch – 01/21/10
Detective (Retired) John Rodriguez, Serial No. 21343 End of Watch – 01/27/10
Police Officer II Jaqueline Montalvo, Serial No. 35357 End of Watch – 02/25/10
Property Officer Ryan Farhand, Serial No. N4027 End of Watch – 03/11/10
Police Officer III+1 Robert “RJ” Cottle, Serial No. 27922 End of Watch – 03/24/10
Reserve Police Officer Patrick Beighley, Serial No. R6131 End of Watch – 04/15/10
Chief of Police (Retired) Daryl F. Gates, Serial No. 6432 End of Watch – 04/16/10
Sergeant II Frank Mika, Serial No. 14234 End of Watch – 05/29/10
Secretary Patricia Clemons, Serial No. M9076 End of Watch – 06/03/10
Specialist Reserve Bernard Cron, Serial No. R0975 End of Watch – 07/20/10
Detective I Walter Boyle, Serial No. 35990 End of Watch – 07/23/10
Garage Attendant Derrick Winters, Serial No. E8070 End of Watch – 08/19/10
Specialist Reserve Ken Gerston, Serial No. R3024 End of Watch – 09/01/10
Senior Clerk Typist Adrianna Rodriguez, Serial No. E9806 End of Watch – 09/01/10
Police Officer II Dennis Duran, Serial No. 24647 End of Watch – 10/18/10
Police Officer II Joshua Cullins, Serial No. 39542 End of Watch – 10/19/10
Reserve Specialist Officer Paul Shin, Serial No. R5003 End of Watch – 10/29/10
Together We Can…
Please take the time to reflect on your own lives and renew your own commitments to each other and the causes you believe in. You may not have to look far, as you look for opportunities to give thanks and help those who need it most. Each one of us has the ability to make the holidays brighter for our co-workers as well as the families in the communities we serve.
As we say goodbye to 2010, I want to thank each and every one of you for the ongoing and exceptional service you provide each day. This Department is special because of each and every one its employees. I am extremely humbled after having served as your Chief for the past year and I commit to you that I will continue to keep you involved by creating opportunities for you to voice your suggestions and concerns through meetings, personal emails and while working patrol. This is YOUR Department and will only be as successful as you are.
This year we welcomed Mrs. Cecilia Glassman, as the new President of the Los Angeles Police Foundation, who traditionally hosts the annual LAPD holiday party. Please join us as we celebrate this holiday season on Saturday, December 18th at the Los Angeles Downtown Marriott Hotel. On behalf of the men and women of this Department, we express sincere gratitude and appreciation for the remarkable work of the Foundation. Another special event I proudly recognize our employees is the annual Holiday Assembly on December 16th at 1030 a.m., in the Deaton Hall Auditorium. This year’s Assembly will have a new theme and a few other surprises, so please check the infoweb for more details. I look forward to seeing you there.
From my family to yours, I wish you a safe, healthy and joyous holiday season.