Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Costa Mesa Police Officers Recognized

It's been an interesting few days for the Costa Mesa Police Department

 (Chief Gazsi, photo courtesy of Cindy Brenneman)
Monday morning, March 17th, Chief Tom Gazsi formally recognized recent-hires and newly promoted police officers, as well as six Employees of the Year for their distinguished service during 2013.  The event was held in a private ceremony at the Crossing Church in Costa Mesa.

Recognized yesterday morning with Employee of the Year awards were Police Explorers Eric Molina and Sally Ortiz, volunteer Tom Graham, recently retired Detective Secretary Ursula Basich, Police Officer Mike Cohen and Police Sergeant Scott May.

(Lt. Scott, Lt. Davis, Captain Gogerty, Sgt. May, Chief Gazsi, 
Officer Cohen, Captain Sharpnack, Lt. Glass, Lt. Manley)

Officer Mike Cohen was honored as Officer of the Year for 2013.  His CMPD career began in 1987, where he has worked Patrol and speciality assignments including Traffic Safety Bureau, Detective Bureau and as a Canine Officer.  He has also worked as a SWAT Officer, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor and Department Assistant Armorer.  Currently he works a weekend schedule to best meet the needs of developing new police officers assigned to Patrol.

Sergeant Scott May was honored as Supervisor of the Year for 2013.  He began with the CMPD in 1985 where he worked Patrol, as a motorcycle officer and as a Narcotics Investigator.  He served as a member of the Orange County Regional Narcotics Suppression Team and as a SWAT Sergeant.  He currently oversees the Special Investigations/Gang unit.  During the last five years May's detail has seized nearly $60 million of narcotic asset funds; over 1,600 kilograms of cocaine; more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana; over 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine and over 20 pounds of heroin.
 (Chief Gazsi and Explorer Sally Ortiz)
 (Chief Gazsi and Explorer Eric Molina)
 (Chief Gazsi with Volunteer Tom Graham and his wife, Jeanine)

Also acknowledged at the breakfast presentations were six Costa Mesa Police Officers who were recently honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for their diligence in arresting impaired drivers.  Those six tallied at least 100 DUI arrests during 2013 and were among the 14 officers so recognized in Orange County.  Shown in the photo below are officers Jeff Horn, Jose Torres, Erik Rosado, Oscar Reyes and Crystal Rodriguez.  Officer Jason Hatton is not shown.  Kudos to these officers for continuing to try to keep us safe.

Congratulations to all those members and former members of the Costa Mesa Police Department for their dedication and skill, and for doing their part to provide the best police effort possible under very difficult circumstances.

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Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

A heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all!!

3/18/2014 03:46:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Congratulations to all of you!
Thank you for your sacrifices and hard work, helping to keep our city safe.

3/18/2014 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great work by all involved at CMPD. What an outstanding group of dedicated personnel.

3/18/2014 07:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

Thank you, CMPD.

3/19/2014 09:25:00 PM  

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