Raul Quezada is a Los Angeles native, and a former Los Angeles Police Department officer.
But that’s not what gets his Anaheim Police Department colleagues fired up.
It’s his allegiance to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I love working with these guys who joke with me about baseball,” said Quezada, who was appointed last week to captain. “You should see my office. Angels gear has been placed over my Dodgers stuff.”
The Dodgers may be his baseball team. But Anaheim PD is his family, he says.
When his oldest daughter (now 15) was three, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. His APD colleagues scheduled blood drives, arranged testing for bone marrow and did everything they could to assist him and his family during the difficult time.
“It was awesome,” he said. “We got through this because of the support we received from my Anaheim PD family.”
As a young Los Angeles officer he set his sights on a lateral move to Anaheim, he said.
“I knew I wanted to come to Anaheim because of its reputation,” he said. The department “had everything a big city had, only smaller. Anaheim has an outstanding reputation in California.”
At last week’s promotion ceremony, he said his goal “is to be the type of supervisor you always wanted to have.” Chief among those traits: Be forgiving.
Quezada came to APD in 1996 and has worked in about a dozen roles ranging from patrol to district commander. He was Anaheim’s first full-time officer assigned to the Anaheim Police Activities League (rebranded as Cops 4 Kids). Being involved in finding APAL’s first home and hiring civilian personnel are among his career highlights at APD, he said.
In his new role, he hopes to do what he can to help the department maintain its high standards despite the economic challenges.
“Customer service is huge for me,” he said, later adding: “We are resilient here at APD. We will continue to move forward through these difficult times.”