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Remembering Former Chief Harold A. Bastrup

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Harold A. Bastrup

By Kevin C. Rice

About 100 friends, family and people touched by the life of Harold A. Bastrup gathered Tuesday morning in Anaheim to memorialize Anaheim’s former police chief.

Bastrup, who served as chief from 1974-1978, implemented the police department’s first cautious pursuit policy, first Explorer Post and first SWAT team – although, at the time, it was dubbed, the Tactical Approach and Control Team.

“Harold was a fair and firm leader with a great sense of humor,” said current Anaheim police Chief John Welter. “His decisions reduced injuries and saved lives.”

Chief Bastrup will also be remembered for hiring the first African American man and woman to the police force in 1977.

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Chief Bastrup shaking hands with President Ronald Reagan

Retired Garden Grove Police Lt, Dennis Ellsworth said it was intimidating as a police explorer to walk through and work in the police station, but Chief Bastrup took the time from his schedule to meet with the explorers, give them a firm handshake and tour them around the station.

“This is a celebration of an incredible life,” said Rick Bastrup, his son.

Retired community college instructor and Bastrup’s close friend, Richard Barasch, said that Bastrup and his loving wife of 65 years, Elsie, valued the importance of family.

Bastrup is survived by Elsie and four children and two grandchildren.

APD Explorers Earn Honors at Regional Academy

One took top honors for his detailed note taking skills. Another was among the best at executing drills with military precision.

Enrique Mosqueda and Yoselin Colunga pose with their plaques

And yet another earned special recognition for her courageous effort to participate; her mother was hospitalized with a serious illness.

The accomplished teen-agers were among 22 members of Anaheim Police Explorer Post 249 who competed against Explorers from throughout Southern California at the 2010 Summer Explorer Academy. The five-day academy was held last month at the Outdoor Education Center at Irvine Park.

Earning the APD post’s highest honor was Lucas Estep, 16. He placed third place overall – and fifth in physical fitness. More than 180 teens participated.

Earning the 1st place for note taking was Loara High School graduate Enrique Mosqueda, 18. The Santa Ana College history major hopes to pursue a law enforcement career.

When asked if he has always been good listener, he showed off his first-place plaque and answered, “well, apparently.”

Earning 5th place honors for drill was Yoselin Colunga, 17, a Savannah High School graduate who is studying criminal justice at Westwood College.

“I would like to thank Officer Chris Ned for all the great training,” Colunga said.

Ned, a 23-year APD veteran, drilled Colunga and other APD competitors every Friday morning for seven weeks leading up to the academy.

Officer Chris Ned puts Colunga through the drills. Smiling in not allowed during competitions.

Competitors were judged for how they marched, and the precision with which they responded to orders. The judging was so detailed, Ned said, that one teen was eliminated for interlocking her left thumb over her right – rather than the other way around – when the order was to stand at “parade rest.”

Also honored was Micaela Mosqueda, 18.

Explorer Saul Morales poses with Micaela Mosqueda's plaque

She was voted “most improved” by the 25 police officer volunteers who mentored the explorers. Ned said her gutsy performance was even more inspiring after learning about her ill mother.

Ned joined Officers Jonathan Nooitgedagt and Flora Palma as the APD staff who volunteered to work the event.

The Explorer post was rechristened Post 249 in February in honor of Sgt. Rick Martinez, who served as adviser for 25 years.

To read more about the renaming of the post, click here.

Anybody interested in joining the post or making a donation to help pay for their college educations can contact Ned at cned@anaheim.net.

The other summer academy graduates are Michael Rubio, Joe Fonseca, Gerardo Jimenez, Debbie Reyes, Efren Sandoval, Shah Mukhtar, Edwin Colunga, Javier Gamboa, Adriana Lara, Jose Castro, Mario Gonzalez, Areli Guevara, Alexandra Reynoso, Keith Yoder, Adrian Valadez, Anthony Rodriguez, Cristobol Martinez, Robert Santaella.

APD Explorers who participated in the summer academy

Twenty-Five Years Later, Temporary Assignment Becomes Permanent Honor

Sgt. Rick Martinez started serving as an adviser to the Anaheim Police Explorers program more than 25 years ago because the then-chief told him it would be temporary.

Click on the image to view OC Register photographer Armando Brown's entire slideshow

“I joked that it’s the longest temporary job I could have had,” said Martinez, the department’s legendary public information officer. “But also so rewarding.”

Now, the post will bear his badge number forever.

On Wednesday night, dozens of current and former explorers – some now Anaheim Police officers – gave him a standing ovation as the Post 249 banner was unveiled for the first time.

Among the 125 people in the crowd: Orange County Register reporter Eric Carpenter.

“In his more than 25 years as adviser of the Anaheim Police Department’s Explorer program, Sgt. Rick Martinez guided hundreds of young men and women through the program, teaching them leadership, discipline and self-respect,” Carpenter wrote in a story published tonight.

“On Wednesday night, some of those explorers – now adults and some of them professional police officers – returned to honor the man they say was like a second father.

“With the blessing of Anaheim Chief John Welter, the Anaheim Explorers Post – known since the 1970s as Post 174 – was changed in honor of Martinez’s badge number to Post 249.

“It was an unprecedented honor. And a major surprise for Martinez, who now serves as the department’s public information officer.”

To read the rest of Carpenter’s outstanding report, click here.