Please welcome our newly promoted sergeants and lieutenants! From left to right Sergeant Luke Muir, Lieutenant Hugo Perez, Chief Bill Whalen, Sergeant Brandon Browning, and Lieutenant Aaron Corkins. ESPD is proud of our history of leadership and looks forward to many great things from them!
Officer Retires After 22 Years of Service
Congratulations to Officer Chris Amorino who has retired after many years of service in law enforcement. Officer Amorino started his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Housing Authority Police Department in 1997 as a patrol officer. In 1999 he joined the University Police Department at Cal Poly where he served until 2001. In 2001, he joined the El Segundo Police Department and has served in many assignments including patrol officer, field training officer, detective, and on a US Customs Asset Forfeiture Task Force. Officer Amorino is excited and looks forward to spending time with his family.
Crime Prevention Officer Retires
Congratulations are also in order for Crime Prevention Officer Laurie Risk who retired after 30 years of dedicated service at ESPD! Laurie worked tirelessly throughout her career and has won distinguished awards including the El Segundo Citizen of the Year and the Crime Prevention Officer of the Year for Region 1 (Los Angeles). She was an outstanding member of the police department and her decades of hard work has positively impacted many lives. Congratulations and we miss you!
Officer of the Year
Congratulations to Officer Kurt Rasmusson who was selected as ESPD’s Officer of the Year. Officer Rasmusson is currently assigned to the Investigative Division as a detective, and exemplifies the high standards of our department. We would like to thank the Westchester Elks Lodge who hosted their annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night and honored Officer Rasmusson along with other local law enforcement officers.
The El Segundo Police Department has launched its “Uniquely ESPD” recruitment campaign and kicked it off with a police ride along video with the president of the Los Angeles Kings, and legendary NHL Hall of Famer, Luc Robitaille. www.joinespd.com
Candy Cane Lane Community Meeting
On April 23, 2019 from 6pm-8pm, ESPD will be hosting a Candy Cane Lane Community Meeting in City Council Chambers (350 Main Street). The community is invited to join us as we discuss our review of how the annual Candy Cane Lane event has been impacting surrounding neighborhoods. This is an opportunity for residents to share their thoughts on how they are impacted by the event.
Drug Take-Back Day
On April 27, 2019, ESPD will collaborate with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. We will be accepting everyone’s unwanted/expired medication so it can be disposed of safely (syringes will not be accepted for disposal). The event will be held on April 27, 2019 from 10am-2pm at the El Segundo Maintenance Yard located at 150 Illinois Street. This is a fast and convenient way to drop off your unwanted medication.
Food Pantry Donation Drive
ESPD has wrapped up our Food Pantry Donation Drive and we would like to thank everyone that dropped of goods to help El Segundo families in need. All donated items will be given to the Community Alliance to Support and Empower (CASE). CASE is a locally organized and operated agency that assists the needy by providing access to a food pantry. Pantry items directly assist El Segundo residents who are facing financial difficulties and could use a little help. Thank you!
Community Police Academy
We are now accepting applications for the very popular Community Police Academy which will start on June 20, 2019 and run for 10 weeks. Participants attend class every Thursday from 6pm-9pm. This class is for those who are interested in learning more about how the police department functions and operates. Please contact Officer Eric Atkinson at email@example.com if would like to apply or if you have any questions.
Women’s Self-Defense Course
ESPD recently held another Women’s Self-Defense course for the community and it was a big hit! The class, taught by current police officers, is designed to teach women the basics of self-defense and how to avoid dangerous situations. Students were taught proper punching, kicking and escape techniques in this fun and interactive course. Stay tuned for upcoming classes which will be announced on the police department’s Facebook and Instagram pages (@elsegundopd).