By Cristian Soler
Since June of 1997, Loretta Ogden, 75, has been a prominent member of the Anaheim Police Department, giving close to 5,000 hours of her own time to help keep the city safe.
Every Friday, Ogden hops into a volunteer patrol vehicle with another senior and patrols the streets of Anaheim.
“Graffiti is very big,” Ogden explains about her patrol experiences.
She is one of about 100 senior volunteers who help the department cut costs – and keep the city safe. She was among the volunteers honored a few months ago for their service.
During a recent patrol shift, Ogden calls in a graffiti sighting so the city can come paint over it. Along with illegal spray painting of public property, Ogden is certified to write tickets for vehicles illegally parked in handicap spaces.
The main goal of each patrol is to be seen by the public as much as possible, explains Ogden.
“We want to make sure people see us,” she says.
During one of her patrols, Ogden made a house call to a resident on vacation. She found the house had been burglarized. Immediately she got police involved, residents notified, and prevented the house from being trespassed for a second time.
Ogden refers to her work with the department as her way to “be active,” and “keep out of the refrigerator.”
Before working with APD, Ogden spent 15 years as an Inventory Analysis for Censor Medics.
Ogden enjoys spending time with her three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grand child. Until last year, Ogden enjoyed scuba diving and skiing as a leisure activity. Now most of her adventures include seeing places across the globe. She has been to China, Netherlands, and experienced and Alaskan Cruise.