Top Costa Mesa DUI Officers Honored
Lost in the end-of-week shuffle was the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) luncheon, held at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda last Thursday, March 8th.
COSTA MESA OFFICER TOPS THE "CENTURY AWARDS"
In a press release from CMPD Lieutenant Rob Sharpnack, we were advised that among those 23 officers from 12 law enforcement agencies receiving the coveted Century Awards - those who accounted for 100 or more DUI arrests during 2011 - five represented Costa Mesa.
The Costa Mesa officers honored were:
Officer Jose Torres (102 arrests)
Officer Oscar Reyes (103 arrests)
Officer Crystal Rodriquez (109 arrests)
Officer Jared Shurley (113 arrests)
Officer Kha Bao (423 arrests)
KUDOS TO OFFICER BAO
Sharpnack observed that Officer Bao's achievement was especially noteworthy. He was recognized as Orange County's top DUI arresting officer - the first time a Costa Mesa police officer has earned this award.
THANK YOU, ALL...
Congratulations to these fine officers for doing a great job of trying to make our streets safer for all of us. And, a special thank you to Officer Kha Bao for his extraordinary performance on our behalf.
I WONDER WHY?
I certainly don't want to throw a wet blanket on these wonderful achievements, but I find myself wondering just why nearly half of the Orange County officers being recognized for this accomplishment come from Costa Mesa. Is at least part of the reason because we have such a large number of bars and restaurants that serve alcohol? Seems likely to me. For the past several years Costa Mesa officers have been among the top in DUI arrests. That's a good thing. But, if we have so many drunk drivers spilling out onto our streets from all those bars, that's a bad thing. That's a question I guess we should be asking our City Council. I also find myself wondering what kind of reactions Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer - a man who created a major dust-up with the CMPD during a DUI checkpoint 18 months ago - and soon-to-be-ex-mayor Gary Monahan - the owner of a pub in our town - are having to this news.
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
In the meantime, congratulations to Chief Tom Gazsi and all the men and women of the Costa Mesa Police Department for their continuing excellence in light of the reduced staffing levels and on-going animosity toward them by some council members. We DO appreciate what you do for us every day. Thank you.