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Tommy Lasorda’s Letter Congratulates New Captain – a Dodgers Fan in ‘Angel Territory’

Newly appointed Anaheim Police Capt. Raul Quezada plans to frame the congratulatory letter on his wall – and schedule more meetings in his office.

Capt. Raul Quezada

Just so his colleagues can stare at it.

It’s a letter from Tommy Lasorda, the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers coach and special advisor to the team’s chairman.

“It’s an awesome feeling to have Tommy Lasorda acknowledge my promotion and take the time to send me a letter,” said Quezada, a lifelong Dodgers fan. “What an awesome man.”

In the letter, Lasorda said “all of us can be rest assured of being safer because of your leadership.”

When Quezada received his captain bars a few weeks ago, his colleagues – mostly Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fans – gave him a hard time about his allegiance to the other Los Angeles team.

Framed Dodgers jersey in new captain's office

As 200 people watched, Lt. Tim Miller presented Quezada with an Angels cap and put it on his head. Quezada quickly removed it.

“I owe you,” he told Miller.

But the fun didn’t end at the ceremony. His colleagues covered the Dodgers gear in Quezada’s office with Angels gear.

“Once the letter is framed, I will purposely host meetings in my office where my colleagues will be forced to see my letter,” he said.

He said he will place it on a wall next to a framed Dodgers jersey with his last name on it – a gift from his former crew.

The rivalry continues, Quezada says, adding: “It’s all in fun.”

To view Lasorda’s letter, click here.

Capt. Raul Quezada, a Dodger fan, dons an Anaheim Angels cap after being appointed captain

LA May Be His Team, But Anaheim PD is His Family

Raul Quezada is a Los Angeles native, and a former Los Angeles Police Department officer.

Capt. Raul Quezada

But that’s not what gets his Anaheim Police Department colleagues fired up.

It’s his allegiance to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I love working with these guys who joke with me about baseball,” said Quezada, who was appointed last week to captain. “You should see my office. Angels gear has been placed over my Dodgers stuff.”

The Dodgers may be his baseball team. But Anaheim PD is his family, he says.

When his oldest daughter (now 15) was three, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. His APD colleagues scheduled blood drives, arranged testing for bone marrow and did everything they could to assist him and his family during the difficult time.

“It was awesome,” he said. “We got through this because of the support we received from my Anaheim PD family.”

As a young Los Angeles officer he set his sights on a lateral move to Anaheim, he said.

“I knew I wanted to come to Anaheim because of its reputation,” he said. The department “had everything a big city had, only smaller. Anaheim has an outstanding reputation in California.”

Quezada’s most recent assignment involved overseeing internal affairs. He now moves to head the Investigations Bureau – to the job held by retiring Capt. Joe Vargas.

At last week’s promotion ceremony, he said his goal “is to be the type of supervisor you always wanted to have.” Chief among those traits: Be forgiving.

Quezada came to APD in 1996 and has worked in about a dozen roles ranging from patrol to district commander. He was Anaheim’s first full-time officer assigned to the Anaheim Police Activities League (rebranded as Cops 4 Kids). Being involved in finding APAL’s first home and hiring civilian personnel are among his career highlights at APD, he said.

In his new role, he hopes to do what he can to help the department maintain its high standards despite the economic challenges.

“Customer service is huge for me,” he said, later adding: “We are resilient here at APD. We will continue to move forward through these difficult times.”