Los Angeles Airport Police Officer Janette Marie Utsey has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Homer L. Garrott Community Service Award by the Southern California chapter of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
The award recognizes and honors law enforcement professionals who are committed to the community they serve. According to the organization, Utsey was recognized for her selfless dedication and commitment to serving and empowering members of the community.
Prior to Airport Police, Utsey served as a detention officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, worked on logistics with the Transportation Security Administration and worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District board.
She completed the LAPD Basic Police Academy in November 2008. During academy training, Utsey’s desire to succeed as a team player, combined with her passion for inspiring and motivating fellow recruits, earned her the Tina Kerbrat Award for the most inspirational recruit, an Airport Police spokeswoman said.
Utsey earned a bachelor’s degree from the International School of Ministry Vision University.
When off-duty, Utsey volunteers her time at the Santa Ana and Theo Lacy Jails where she mentors, encourages and inspires prison inmates hoping for a better future. Utsey also works with young people at the Las Padrinos and Slymar Juvenile Detention Centers, encouraging, counseling and giving them hope for a brighter future, the police spokeswoman said.
She also volunteers at hospitals and convalescent homes, where she reads to the patients, and donates to various causes and programs within the community.