The Santa Monica Elks hosted 60 law enforcement officers from the FBI, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Santa Monica Police Department and the Veterans Administration Hospital Police Services for dinner Thursday, January 18th.
A representative of each of these departments — nominated by his or her captain or chief — was given a plaque from the Elks by acting exalted ruler Ray Beers and State Senator Sheila Kuehl sent scrolls to each officer.
Acting supervisor and Special Agent Brenda Cotton of the FBI nominated Stephen May, who coordinates the investigations of bank robberies.
May has implemented a protocol for sharing crime scene information, specifically bank surveillance photographs, almost instan- taneously utilizing an e-mail distribution list which includes all local law enforcement agencies as well as all FBI offices throughout California.
He was also presented with a letter of commendation from Congressman Henry Waxman.
Special Agent in Charge Herb Brown discussed the need of cooperation between the FBI and all law enforcement agencies and vice versa.
Captain Tom Martin of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station nominated Deputy Jill Greenwood, who has received four commendations for exemplary conduct this year.
One of the letters of commendation was for her role in pursuing and later identifying a bank robber, which led to his arrest.
She was also presented a proclamation from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
Santa Monica Police Chief Timothy Jackman endorsed the nomination of Detective Richard Lewis, who handled the investigation of the double homicide at a private party at the Moose Lodge, which involved questioning 150 witnesses.
He also investigated the shooting of Santa Monica police officer Walter Ramirez and conducted the follow-up investigation after police officers shot and killed an armed robber and carjacker who had shot at the pursuing police.
He also received a proclamation from former Santa Monica Mayor Robert Holbrook.
Jackman gave a few remarks and told guests how pleased he was with the men and women of the Santa Monica Police Department and his new job as chief.
Chief Darryl Blackwell of the Veterans Administration Hospital Police Services nominated Sergeant Roberto Lopez.
Lopez was instrumental in saving the life of a hospital patient who was intent on committing suicide. The patient had already cut his wrist and hand four times when Lopez talked him into putting down the razor and allowing hospital staff to take him to the emergency room.
Blackwell said that Lopez exemplified the Veterans Administration Police motto, “Protecting Those Who Served.”
Waxman also sent a letter of commendation to Lopez. Newbell told guests how police work is done at Veterans Administration hospitals.
Lewis also received the perpetual plaque from the Santa Monica Elks.
“Each of the officers that have been nominated are worthy of receiving this perpetual plaque,” Beers said.
Only a few points separated the officers who received votes for the perpetual plaque.
Curt Curtiss, an Elks member and the dinner’s master of ceremonies, thanked the contact individuals in each agency and each political office.
“Without their active support, this event could not have occurred,” Curtiss said.