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‘Having Fun Is Important in This Difficult Profession,’ New Lieutenant Says

At a recent promotion ceremony, Police Chief John Welter jokingly kneeled to pose for a photo as he presented Kelly Jung her new badge.

She may be Anaheim Police Department’s shortest new lieutenant, but her contributions to the department – as the chief noted – have been huge.

For her part, Jung takes the playful ribbing about her height in stride.

“We banter back and forth and make jokes about different things, and it’s all in fun,” says Jung. “Even though they have made jokes about me being short, they’ve never made me feel small.”

In her 22 years with the department, Jung has won the Veteran of Foreign Wars Officer of the Year award, recognition for her work in personnel and special tactics and was last year’s Officer of the Year in the Chief’s Division.

“I was able to reach my goal, and I consider myself extremely fortunate,” she says of becoming an Anaheim police officer. “Now, as an active member of the management team, I can help ensure the success of our organization and plan for our even greater success in the future.”

An Anaheim native, Jung has worked a number of details: patrol, tourist-oriented policing, burglary, vice and criminal intelligence.

Her favorite assignment has been working Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) enforcement and being in the Personnel Detail, where she hired department personnel.

 “Working in the personnel detail was perhaps most challenging, because of the challenge of maintaining department staffing levels and trying to find qualified candidates that meet the high standard of professionalism at Anaheim PD,” Jung says.

She’s proud of the Anaheim PD’s strong record of building very strong and close relationships with community members, businesses, other city departments and leaders.

“We’ve built a high level of trust and respect with members in the community and have been able to work together to improve the quality of life and ensure the safety of residents and visitors,” Jung says. “That does not come easy.”

Neither does putting up with a lot of short jokes – well, not really.

“Having fun is very important in this difficult profession,” Jung says.

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