Officer Guenther Recognized
The Costa Mesa Police Department today announced that officer Hans-Walter Guenther has been named Costa Mesa's 2012 Recovery Officer of the Year. Shown in the photograph above with Chief Tom Gazsi, Captain Les Gogerty and Captain Rob Sharpnack, Guenther was recognized at the Vehicle Theft Recovery Awards banquet this week. The event was sponsored by the Auto Theft Advisory Committee, a partnership between law enforcement, insurance and auto-related companies to reduce auto thefts.
According to the press release, Guenther's proactive enforcement throughout the city during 2012 resulted in his recovery of 18 stolen vehicles, 3 of which were occupied by suspects. His self-initiated efforts resulted in 5 felony arrests as well as the financial recover of $186,810 worth of stolen vehicles.
CONGRATULATIONS TO GUENTHER
Congratulations to Officer Hans-Walter Guenther for this outstanding achievement, and to all the men and women of the Costa Mesa Police Department who work hard to keep us all safe although working with a severely diminished staff. Speaking only for myself - but I suspect other residents of this city feel the same - thank you all for your continuing efforts on our behalf.