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Camaraderie, Mentorship, Making Good Arrests Among Highlights for New Lieutenant

Steven Davis says his favorite part of being a police officer is “putting a good crook in jail.”

Lt. Steve Davis

And the effort often starts in patrol, he says.

That’s where Davis, who was promoted last week to lieutenant, is headed to lead the Monday-Wednesday graveyard shift.

“It’s the backbone of police work and this is where everything starts,” he said. “It’s nice to be there when something happens and start the ball rolling with the investigation.”

Davis, 40, also enjoys other aspects of police work and leadership.

“I enjoy watching someone develop in their career and knowing I might have played a part in their progression,” he said.

He said enjoys the unique camaraderie at Anaheim PD.

“I love coming to work and listening to them bantering back and forth, joking about things that happened both on and off duty,” he said. “That’s the fun part.”

Davis, who is working on master’s degree in education, started his career in Downey. He made the jump to Anaheim because it offered more variety.

“Downey is a great city and police department,” he said. “However, they just can’t offer the things that Anaheim has to offer, such as Disneyland, the stadium, the Honda Center, etc… (APD) also has several great assignments and opportunities for officers.”

He’s taken full advantage. During the past 17 years he’s worked as a hostage negotiator, field training officer, community policing member, member of the SWAT team, adviser of the police explorers and a member of the mounted unit.

He’s also a black belt in Judo and licensed referee.

Is there anything about police work he doesn’t like?

Not really.

“The toughest part is dealing with children/baby calls,” he said. “I think we all have a soft spot in our hearts for children, particularly those of us that have children.”

Davis has two young daughters.

“Some calls hit close to home,” he said.