Saluting our LAPD employees serving in the Armed Forces
Keep in your prayers the nine Los Angeles Police Department employees who serve in uniform around the world, in harm’s way, far from home. We thank them and their families for their continued sacrifices on our behalf and pray for their safe return.
|Det II Donald Blue, Serial No. 30460, 77th||U.S. Army, Lieutenant Colonel|
|PO II Robert Casey, Serial No. 34762, West LA||U.S. Air Force, Master Sergeant|
|PO II Haney Colt, Serial No. 41294, 77th||U.S. Army, Sergeant|
|PSR I Tonya Davis, Serial No. N2259, SSD||U.S. Army, Sergeant First Class|
|PO III Richard Larson, Serial No. 33404, SOE||U.S. Army, Sergeant|
|PO II David Park, Serial No. 37979, Olympic||U.S. Army, Sergeant First Class|
|PO III Thomas Ralph, Serial No. 35194 Metro||U.S. Army, Chief Warrant Officer II|
|Det I Timothy Stack, Serial No. 34892, Wilshire||U.S. Air Force, Master Sergeant|
|Det I Craig Taylor, Serial No. 27087, MCD
||U.S. Army, Sergeant First Class|
There is more than one way to be a Hero
Many LAPD officers and city employees are foster parents or have adopted children. In January, the LAPD in conjunction with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will host an informational lunch time presentation open to all City employees who are interested in obtaining information on the first step to become a foster parent or adoption. If you have thoughts about adopting or becoming a foster parent, I invite you to attend. There will be a question and answer panel and a presentation by DCFS explaining the adoption process of children in Los Angeles county and surrounding areas. We believe that providing a stable nurturing environment for L.A.'s kids will help reduce gang involvement, juvenile crime and delinquency, while providing an increase in school attendance and graduation.
LAPD Badges For Bandages
I want to thank everyone who took the time and effort to donate band aids to this great campaign. This was our first collective effort as a Department in collecting and donating band aids for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and it was a huge success. With the help of the William H. Parker Foundation, customized LAPD band aides were donated to kick start the campaign. These fun band aids and your generosity will help put a smile on a child’s face and ease their hardship as they are dealing with ongoing cancer treatments. Special thanks to Officer Grant Hanson, North Hollywood Area, his son Max, Lieutenant Billy Brockway, Central Area, and his daughter Parker, for sharing their personal stories throughout this campaign. Max and Parker are true heroes as are their fathers for leading the charge on making a difference and raising awareness for childhood cancer.
As we near the end of year for 2014, please take time to reflect on what matters most to you and make a renewed commitment to make a difference. Each and every one of you is an important part of this organization and I appreciate the great work you do. Together, you have made this Department what it is and what it will become for those to follow. I look forward to the opportunities created by the challenges the New Year will bring.
From my family to yours, I wish you a safe, healthy and joyous holiday season.