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New Captain Appointed; Four Others Promoted

More than 200 people filled Anaheim PD’s auditorium Thursday morning to celebrate the appointment of a new captain and the promotion of three lieutenants and a sergeant.

Capt. Raul Quezada, a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, dons an Anaheim Angels cap after being appointed captain

They also toasted the retirement of a 20-year reserve officer and congratulated another officer for 30 years of service.

Appointed to captain is Raul Quezada. The new lieutenants are Jarret Young, Brian McElhaney and Steven Davis. And homicide detective Richard LaRochelle, Jr., was promoted to sergeant.

“This is a great day for the future of the police department,” said Lt. Tim Miller. “These are some of the finest people who work here.”

At Anaheim PD promotion ceremonies, family members typically pin new bars (or stripes) and badges on each promoted employee. Then, the honoree is asked to address the audience.

On Thursday, the speeches ranged from humorous to emotional.

As Lt. Davis thanked his wife and daughters for their devotion and support, he appeared to begin to choke up. A smiling Miller rushed to his side with a box of Kleenex. Davis smiled. Several people laughed.

Quezada came to Anaheim PD from the Los Angeles Police Department 14 years ago. Quezada, a big Los Angeles Dodgers fan, now is a big Angels fan, Miller joked.

Quezada shook his head as Miller presented him with an Angels cap and asked him to put it on. A good sport, the new captain posed for a quick photo, then promptly returned it.

“I owe you,” he later told Miller.

Also Thursday, reserve officer Terry Bowers retired after 20 years of service. He said he enjoyed working patrol and other assignments and considers Anaheim “the best police department in the country.”

Police Chief John Welter also acknowledged officer Terry Moslenko for 30 years of service. “He served all 30 years on the streets,” Welter said. “He’s a very dedicated officer and the most senior in our department.”

Support Anaheim’s Anti-Graffiti Effort at Taste of Anaheim

Talk about a win-win. The Taste of Anaheim is donating $5 to Anaheim Beautiful’s anti-graffiti effort for every ticket purchaser who enters the code “GRAFFITI.”

The 15th Annual Taste of Anaheim will be held May 13 from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk. More than 50 restaurants are participating. As always, there will be great live entertainment.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tasteofanaheim.com.

For more about the Anaheim Community Anti-Graffiti Effort, click here.

Survivor’s Academy Graduation Leads Newspaper Column

The tale of 20 women who completed the Anaheim Family Justice Center’s unique Survivor’s Academy leads the most recent “Behind the Badge” column in the Anaheim Bulletin-Orange County Register.

The column also highlights the city’s new anti-graffiti Web site and upcoming fund-raiser for the Southern California Special Olympics.

Read the column here.