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One of APD’s First Female Patrol Officers and the 2010 Golden Badge Winner Retire 

By Amanda Samaan

One was one of Anaheim PD’s first female patrol officers. The other worked undercover for most his career.

At a ceremony this week, June Lovejoy and “Sarge ( his name is being withheld)” received their retirement badges after successful careers at APD.

Chief presents retirement badge to APD's first patrolwoman June

Lovejoy, a mother of two, was among Anaheim’s first females to be assigned to the patrol division – in August of 1980. With more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, she plans to retire and do some well deserved traveling. 

Also retiring this year is Sarge after more than 30 years of service with the Anaheim Police Department. Throughout his career he worked as a Field Sergeant, Patrol Officer, Crime Task Force Investigator and Robbery Detective, earning the Golden Badge Award in 2010. 

Both are graduates of the Golden West Police Academy; Lovejoy also went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton.  

During Lovejoy’s time on patrol she was temporarily assigned to the VICE Detail, conducting undercover operations related to prostitution. In 1988 Lovejoy was then assigned to the Street Crime Action Team (S.C.A.T.) again conducting undercover work, this time for narcotic investigations throughout the city.

While on SCAT Lovejoy suffered a permanent injury while apprehending a combative car thief. She again injured herself in a physical altercation that required her to be placed in a permanent modified capacity as the front counter supervisor. 

“We cannot express our gratitude to both Sarge and Officer Lovejoy. They have shown great leadership in their roles, and have been great mentors to those around them,” said Sgt. Bob Dunn.

Police officials thanked both retirees for their dedicated work and service to Orange County. 

“We are sad to them go but excited for all the joy they will continue to bring our community. Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten,” Dunn said.   

GPS Devices Keep Students in Class

Thirty-two Anaheim students are participating in program to monitor the whereabouts of habitually truant students.

Anaheim police investigator Ed Arevalo was interviewed for a story about the devices that appeared in today’s Los Angeles Times.

He told the newspaper he believes being saddled with the device provides students the excuse they need to ditch their truant friends – instead of school.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Anaheim PD Wins Grant to Prevent Domestic Sex Trafficking

Examples of young foreign girls sold into sex slavery have generated headlines following several high-profile arrests.
What hasn’t generated as much attention, according to Anaheim Police officials, are the rising numbers of American girls coerced into similar horrific situations.
The Anaheim Police Department recently won a federal grant to combat the issue of domestic human trafficking.
“It’s a serious problem that has not received adequate attention or resources,” said Lt. Julian Harvey.
The two-year, $362,330 Department of Justice grant calls for a multi-disciplinary approach involving law enforcement in partnership with Community Services Programs (CSP), a victim services provider.   

“Our application outlined a collaborative, preventive model… our goal is to return the victims to a life free from the sex trade while going after and prosecuting the traffickers,” Harvey said. 

Citywide Effort to Curb Graffiti Continues

More than 100 community members joined police and city officials at a meeting today designed to brainstorm new ways to stop graffiti.

The most encouraging part of the meeting, Welter said, was the number of hands in the air when he asked for volunteers to carry out some of the ideas, which included:

– Paint over sidewalk graffiti until city officials can sandblast.

– Provide fact sheets on how to report and stop graffiti to apartment complex managers.

– Work with local businesses to encourage their participation in the effort.

To learn more about the city’s anti-graffiti effort, click here.

The city’s Neighborhood Services department, the police department and several other city and nonprofit groups have partnered since 2008 in the Anaheim Community Anti-Graffiti Effort.

To get involved, call the police department at (714) 765-1997.

Up Next: Anaheim Family Justice Center to Focus on Children Survivors

by Ariella Rams
One woman came in because her boyfriend put a gun to her head. Another showed up after he burned all of her clothes; the young mother arrived with the clothes on her back and nowhere else to go. 

AFJC executive director Kerith Dilley, Capt. Raul Quezada and Lt. Dave Flutts congratulate a Survivors Academy graduate

These two women’s lives were turned around thanks to the Anaheim Family Justice Center (AFJC), a non-profit organization that provides survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, elder/dependent abuse and sexual assault help with services such as temporary restraining orders, police reports, access to shelter and social workers. 
The AFJC opened in Oct. 2006, and in five years has improved thousands of lives.
One way it makes a difference is through the innovative Survivor’s Academy. Created by the AFJC Foundation in 2009 and facilitated by Irene Martinez, this innovative eight-week program funded through the non-profit AFJC Foundation focuses on the talents and strengths of women who have survived family violence.  The program provides them the tools, confidence and courage to change their lives and become more independent and self-sufficient. 
The Survivor’s Academy “looks at what the next steps are to becoming self sufficient outside the shelter,” said Kerith Dilley, AFJC Executive Director. “These women have amazing talents but don’t know how to focus and utilize them. That’s where we come in.”

Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter and Councilwoman Lorri Galloway congratulate a graduate

So far the Academy has graduated five classes. Graduates of the Academy have gone on to open catering companies, floral shops, boutiques, as well as work in the corporate world, leaving behind lives of suffering.
Up next, Dilley says, is a Children’s Survivors Academy that will begin in Spring 2011. The academy will focus on the long-term goal to reduce crime as well as how children who grow up around violence can reverse the cycle of abuse. 
“Violence seen on the streets starts with violence in the home,” Dilley said. “If we can reduce violence in homes then we can reduce violence in the streets.”
The center has faced challenges the past few years because of the growing population that needs the services the center provides. The AFJC is committed to providing quality in helping victims of domestic abuse, and capacity is always in question. 
Like other non-profit organizations, the AFJC is always in need of funding. Successful events have been held such as the annual improve fundraiser, “Laugh It Off,” which raised $6,000 and drew 260 people.  
To continue to raise funds to help support the center, the AFJC will host a Spring Reception on May 19 that will honor individuals and organizations for their contributions and efforts. 
Among those being honored: Survivor Academy facilitator Martinez , as Community Partner of the Year. AFJC will also acknowledge a Corporate Partner of the Year. 
To purchase a ticket or find out more information about the organization, visit AFJC’s website here.

Anaheim PD Increases Intelligence to Prevent Crime

By Kevin Rice 

The Anaheim Police department took the bull by the horns and implemented their revolutionary Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) Strategy in 2010. 

Police leaders gather for a monthly intelligence-sharing meeting

“The idea of this program is to reduce all crime by combining problem-solving policing, information sharing, and police accountability with enhanced intelligence operations,” said Lt. Steve Davis.

Detectives are able to determine, through use of criminal records and previous trends, who is most likely to commit these crimes. This process allows detectives to forecast problems and zero in on the most likely offender thanks to a highly effective point system. The higher the points, the more likely the offender is the one committing the crime.

Intelligence Led Policing Strategy can also assist with solving battery thefts and preventing sexual offenders. 

Anaheim Police Takes Back Seat, But Not in Solving Crimes

By Kevin Rice

The Anaheim Police Department burglary detail continued its efficient work by assisting in the arrest of two alleged criminals, Vershan Wooden, 22, of Hawthorne and Layfayette Automii Joseph, 23, of Los Angeles on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property. 

The two suspects have been accused of stealing third-row seats from at least 64 sport utility vehicles in Anaheim alone; these thefts have also occurred from San Diego up to Downtown Los Angeles.
Third row seat thefts have been a known and relatively simple tactic of individuals looking to earn a quick dollar. 

“Anaheim has been plagued by these thefts for years, but the quick-snatch process, only taking three minutes to get these seats out, has seen an increase in the last few months,” says Sgt. Bob Dunn. “The pay-out for these thefts are quite large as well.” 

Wooden and Joseph were said to have amassed a total of more $100,000 by selling seats for about $300 apiece, Dunn said. 

Replacing stolen seats can cost the owners between $1,200 and $1,400.

With the apprehension of Wooden and Joseph, Anaheim police officials are optimistic about preventing copycat crimes through their Intelligence Led Policing Strategy.

Lt. Steve Davis asked that if you do have a GM sport utility vehicle, and use the third row seats, please make an identifying mark on the seats or cable the seats to a permanent car fixture.

To read Orange County Register coverage, click here.