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.
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.”