Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Great Way To Start The Day!


COSTA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT PROMOTIONS
This morning I joined many others in a packed City Council chambers for the promotion ceremony for three of the Costa Mesa Police Department's finest.  Bryan Glass was promoted to Captain.  Joyce LaPointe was promoted to Lieutenant - the first woman ever to rise to that rank in the CMPD.  Dan Miles was promoted to Sergeant.  Read the City-issued press release with biographies HERE.
PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS
In a room full of family, friends and other dignitaries, Sergeant Clint Dieball ran the show.  The proceedings began with the Presentation of the Colors by the CMPD Honor Guard.
INVOCATIONS
Chaplains Johnson and Decker then presented separate invocations.
A PROUD CHIEF
Chief Rob Sharpnack stepped to the podium and addressed the audience and those being promoted, his words obviously filled with pride.  He spoke about the future of the CMPD and the quality of the men and women serving in his organization.  It was clear that he viewed these three promotions as very significant in the history of the department and a great stride into what he plans to be an outstanding future, where the department will return to it's once-lofty place among the best departments in the country.
SERGEANT MILES
First up was Sergeant Dan Miles. who was pinned by his father, a retired police officer.
LIEUTENANT LAPOINTE
Then came Lieutenant Joyce LaPointe, who was pinned by her partner, Linzi.
CAPTAIN GLASS
And then came Captain Bryan Glass, who was pinned by his wife, Irene.
ONWARD AND UPWARD
Glass then spoke for the three of them, addressing the challenges that are ahead and how proud they all are to be part of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
FAMILIAR FACES
Representatives from other police jurisdictions were in the room to help mark this day as well as many old familiar faces from the CMPD family.  Former Chief Dave Snowden and former Interim Chief Ron Lowenberg attended.
ELECTED LEADERS AND CITY STAFF
Mayor Steve Mensinger and Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer attended, as did CEO Tom Hatch and Assistant CEO Rick Francis and many other city staffers.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
So, the future is bright for the Costa Mesa Police Department.  The City Council has budgeted for new equipment and we are beginning to hire more officers and, according to all reports, we're getting the cream of the crop.  That's all good news because we need more and we need the best because of all the challenges facing the department in the near term.  Specialty units will begin to be staffed once again, which offers encouragement to all the members of the CMPD.  Chief Sharpnack has aggressive, forward-thinking plans which will soon begin to bear fruit.  Kudos to all the men and women of the Costa Mesa Police Department.

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