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.
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.