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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.

Today is Anniversary of First Peace Officer Killed in Line of Duty

By Ryan Dedmon

On this day in history (July 23, 1872), Anaheim Police Township Constable Charles Lehman was the first peace officer to lose his life in Anaheim. 

He was shot when he tried to intervene in an argument two men were having over a card game. 

A police officer for only 10 months, Lehman, 44, was survived by his wife and infant daughter.

To read more, visit the Officer Down Memorial Page. The website seeks to document and organize for agencies nationwide peace officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.

APD Remembers Edward Smith

Edward Smith

Today is the seven-year anniversary of the death of U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Edward Smith, who was killed in action near Baghdad.

A reserve officer with Anaheim PD, Smith had served honorably for more than 20 years. He had planned a career as an Anaheim police officer following retirement from the Marine Corps.

APD remembers Smith, his wife and three children on the anniversary of his passing.

To read more click here.

Anaheim PD Officers Wearing Black Bands Over Badges to Honor Fallen Officers

Anaheim Police officers are wearing black bands over their badges this week to honor the memories of four police officers killed in the line of duty in Washington state over the weekend, officials announced today.
Officers will wear the bands until the funeral, which has not yet been scheduled. 

In March, a team of Anaheim police officers drove to Oakland to pay tribute at a funeral for four officers slain there.
To read more about the tragic shooting of the Lakewood, Wash., police officers click here.