National Law Enforcement Week

As communities celebrate National Law Enforcement Week, the LAPD has been hosting events to remember the 208 LAPD officers that made the ultimate sacrifice.  

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Area Captain Ruby Flores welcomed honored guests and the members of the community to the unveiling of the fallen officer memorial at Hollenbeck Station. The Memorial is in honor of two beloved LAPD officers that died in the line of duty while assigned to Hollenbeck Station - Jerry W. Maddox and Steven Gerald Gajda.


The Memorial is located in Hollenbeck’s front plaza where two pathways converge, in front of a tree. The artist, Nijel Binns, created this Memorial to be emotionally experienced, mourning loss while also uplifting and inspiring.


The Memorial is 66 inches tall—the bronze 20 inches high, the base 46 inches high—with a footprint of 16 inches square at its base. 

The top or “source” figure is a ¾-life-sized bronze sculpture entitled Lamentation. It is the emotional centerpiece of the Memorial. Nijel Binns decided to create a female figure because every fallen officer has a mother (present or past) lamenting a profound loss. The figure wears a covering over her head in mourning. Her head is covered and tilted, and her hand covers a face of pain and sorrow that represents every ethnicity in the human family. She is every mother, every wife, child, comrade, or loved one who has ever grieved a fallen officer. There is no need to focus on the pain that her eyes or her mouth might reveal, and instead the artist draws attention to her right hand and the American flag that it holds tightly to her bosom. The folded bronze flag is painted with red, white, and blue to underscore the ultimate sacrifice an officer gives to safeguard our nation.  

Lamentation stands on a “Blue Pear” granite base that allows greater ease for the public to approach and experience the Memorial, and includes engravings and bronze elements. 

Two laurel wreaths are engraved at the bottom of the base’s front side, and engraved in the center of the base’s two sides are vertically positioned medieval swords to symbolize the benevolent knighthood tradition.


There are also several bronze elements affixed onto the granite base. Two bronze nameplates are on its front, one for each Hollenbeck officer who has fallen in the line of duty: Steven Gadja and Jerry Maddox.


In addition, above their names plates is a bronze replica of the LAPD badge, known as a “shield,” representing every officer while also referencing the engraved swords and thereby reinforcing the concept of the proud knight. At the very bottom of the front of the base is a bronze Officer’s seal. Finally, on the sides of the base and above the engraved swords, are two bronze portrait medallions, one of Jerry Maddox and one of Steven Gadja, sculpted by the artist with the utmost consideration using photographs of the officers.

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Jerry W. Maddox
End of Watch: Tuesday, August 19, 1969
On August 19, 1969, Hollenbeck Area Policeman Jerry Maddox was assigned to patrol in the Pico Gardens Housing Project.  Policeman Maddox stopped to investigate a large party, which was attended by 18 to 24 youths.  As the officers approached the location, one of the party goers ran from police. Policeman Maddox chased the suspect down a narrow driveway and while handcuffing the suspect he was shot in the back and died. Responding officers arrested the suspect at the scene.

Steven Gerald Gajda
End of Watch: Thursday, January 1, 1998
Officer Gajda died on January 1, 1998, after being shot in the head while assigned to stop people from shooting guns in the air on New Year's Eve. Officer Gajda and other officers stopped at a party which seemed out of control to issue a warning. While they were approaching several gang members fled and were pursued by the officers. Officer Gajda chased one man who appeared to have a weapon in his waistband and was shot in the ensuing struggle. Two officers on the scene returned fire, killing the 17-year-old suspect who had been wanted for murder since March of 1997. Officer Gajda is survived by his wife and two children.

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New Trend Honors Outstanding Fathers at Ramona Gardens

CSP Father's Day EventOn the evening of June 25, 2015, 10 “outstanding” fathers were honored at an occasion  organizers hope will become an annual event.  All honorees were from the Ramona Gardens community and nominated by the Ramona Gardens Resident Advisory Council. 

Three organizations collaborated to make the event possible: Hollenbeck Community Safety Partnership, Ramona Gardens Resident Advisory Council and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA).  “I wanted to make sure these fathers were recognized,” said Sergeant Ken Edwards of the Hollenbeck Division’s Community Relations Office.  “It was a simple gesture, but it meant a lot.”

The 10 fathers were presented with an achievement award and a voucher for Dodgers tickets.  They were also treated to a dinner courtesy of HACLA.  A similar event occurred this past Mother’s Day in which winning moms got a makeover, flowers and dinner.

“This community was forgotten,” said one of the fathers, “and now it’s nice to be appreciated and recognized by this community for doing the right thing.”

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Students Awarded Scholarships with Support from Hollenbeck Community Safety Partnership Program

CSP Scholarship RecipientsOn June 24, 2015, scholarships were officially bestowed upon 27 outstanding students, including four from the Ramona Gardens housing development. For the past 12 years, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles has sponsored the annual scholarships, but beginning in 2014, the Hollenbeck Community Safety Partnership program joined the effort and began contributing funds.

To be eligible, students had to submit an essay explaining why they should receive a scholarship, and this year’s recipient group was the largest ever. Many of the students have already been accepted to four-year universities.

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Officers Take Girl Scouts from Ramona Gardens to Disney California Adventure Park.

CSP Ramona GS TripSelling cookies had a big payoff for 12 Girl Scouts from the Ramona Gardens Girl Scout Troop #431. Proceeds from the cookie sales paid for a field trip on June 25, 2015, to Disney California Adventure Park.

Some of the girls were visiting the park for the first time. The event would not have been possible without the help of two senior lead officers from the Hollenbeck Community Safety Partnership program who chaperoned the outing, Officers Mishell Harvey-Dixon and Cesar Wences.

Officer Harvey-Dixon appears in front of the girls in the photo.


Story Time at Hollenbeck Reads Program

On June 20, 2015, neighborhood children gathered for the launch of Hollenbeck Division’s Hollenbeck Reads Program, a monthly story-telling event for tots that promotes interaction between the children and LAPD officers and cadets.

Hollenbeck Read- 1The one-hour event, held the third Saturday of every month at 9:30 a.m., takes place utilizing books in the station’s Little Free Library which opened about a year ago. Readers include Hollenbeck officers, foot beat officers, cadets and team members from the division’s Teen Community Police Advisory Board (TCPAB).

“Today was a big success, and we’re hoping this program will bring another level of engagement to the community,” said Hollenbeck Area Captain and Commanding Officer Martin Baeza.

TCPAB members organize the event and conduct outreach to encourage community participation through Hollenbeck Read- 2 social media alerts and distributions of flyers at community events, organizations and schools. Information is also available by calling the Hollenbeck Community Relations Office at (323) 342-4130/4140. The Hollenbeck Station is located at 2111 E. First Street, Los Angeles 90033.

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Kelley Key Award 2008

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. Kelley_key_08

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.


To Protect and to Serve

A new feature to the Blog is a "Commendation Section" highlighting an officer's actions in living up to the Department's motto, To Protect and To Serve. It will also serve to give you some insight into the activities of the men and women who patrol the City of Los Angeles whom they have taken an oath to faithfully protect. This first article describes the actions of two officers assigned to Hollenbeck Area.

In August 2006, at 1000 in the evening, three radio calls were generated on East Avenue 28. One was a "Screaming Female," a second "Ambulance ADW," and a third, "Possible 187 (Murder) just occurred. Officers Alfaro and Cruz, Hollenbeck Area responed to the call along with several other units.

When Alfaro and Cruz arrived, they observed a group of male gang members standing on the sidewalk in from of the address holding baseball bats.  One of them yelled, "He's upstairs, he just killed my sister!" Alfaro and Cruz observed a female adult unconscious lying on her back at the bottom of the stairs leading up to an apartment.  She appeared to have been stabbed multiple times and was bleeding profusely from the back of her neck. As Officer Alfaro was broadcasting information and requesting an ambulance a male yelled, "There are two babies up there with him!" Several others screamed, "He's going to kill the two babies!"

After assessing the situation, Officer Alfaro realized that they did not have time to wait until the additional units arrived.  Fearing for the safety of the two defenseless babies, Officer Alfaro informed Communications Division that the suspect remained in the apartment with the two babies, and that he and Officer Cruz were going to enter the apartment.  Alfaro debriefed the situation with Officer Cruz, a probationary officer with three weeks on the job, developed a tactical plan and agreed to enter the apartment.

After climbing over the deceased, Alfaro and Cruz ascended the stairs where they encoutered a large German Shepard.  Fortunately for the officers, the German Shepard obeyed Alfaro's commands and retreated.  At the entrance to the apartment, the officers found two locked doors.  Officer Alfaro was able to quickly unlock one and forcibly open the other.  Upon entering the apartment, Alfaro and Cruz could see two babies in a crib that was up against a far wall.  There appeared to be blood smeared on the bars of the crib.  One of the babies was lying face down in an unnatural position. 

Suddenly, the suspect appeared in the doorway holding a large knife, but quickly retreated from the officer's view.  With tactical precision using available cover, Officers Alvaro and Cruz worked their way to the kitchen where they encountered the suspect lying on the floor.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  Officer Alfaro returned to the crib, picked up the infants and noted that both were unharmed.

Due to the rapidly unfolding events, Alfaro and Cruz were unaware that another call had been received by Communications Division with the caller reporting that the suspect inside the apartment had just killed his wife and stepson. The preliminary investigation would disclose the discovery of the 15-year-old stepson lying in the courtyard stabbed numerous times.  Both he and his mother died as a result of their stab wounds.

Officer Alvaro was commended for his tactical expertise and ability to make a split-second decision that undoubtedly saved the lives of two infants.  Alfaro recognized that Immediate Action Rapid Deployment tactics were warranted in this incident, as they did not have the luxury of wating for their fellow officers.  Officer Cruz was commended for maintaining his composure and using sound tactics. Both officers are commended for their bravery.  From your fellow officers thank you for a job well done. 


Hollenbeck Replacement Station Topped-Off

On a crisp, sunny Southern California morning, the Hollenbeck Replacement Station was topped off in a ceremony on February 15, 2007.  A tradition in the construction industry, performed when a site has arrived at the halfway point, “topping off” ceremonies typically feature the autographing of the structure’s final steel beam before it is installed.  Featured dignitaries, who signed the symbolic beam, included State Senator Gloria Romero, Councilmember Jose Huizar, Chief Bratton, AssistantNa07023_1 Chiefs Jim McDonnell, Earl Paysinger, and Sharon Papa, and Chief Deputy City Engineer Bradley Smith. 

Na07023 Chief Bratton called the new station a “building of promise,” and spoke with great pride of the design’s community-friendly features, including a community room for area residents to “come on in” and visit.  He pointed to the construction of this facility as being one visible symbol of Los Angeles’ journey to becoming the nation’s safest big city, as well as a shining example of the renaissance the area is experiencing. 

Already ahead of schedule, the Hollenbeck Replacement Station is slated to open its doors in the first quarter of 2008.  Hollenbeck Area has a population of roughly 200,000 people and is 15.2 square miles in size.  It encompasses the communities of El Sereno, Lincoln Heights and Boyle Heights, and is under the jurisdiction of Central Bureau.