Officer of the Year Chris Jenkins
On March 14, 2017, El Segundo Police Officer of the Year Chris Jenkins was honored by Police Chief Mitch Tavera and the Elks Lodge of Westchester during their Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. Officer Jenkins is currently assigned to the Traffic Unit and is a state certified Traffic Collision Reconstruction Investigator. Officer Jenkins has assisted neighboring police departments with their complex traffic collision investigations as well as helping implement new technology at the police department.
Margie Randall Retires
Executive Assistant to the Police Chief Margie Randall, retired from the police department in May after more than 26 years of service. Margie began working with the city Finance Department in 1991, and transferred to the police department in 1994, initially working in the Captains’ office. In 2001, she was transferred to the Office of the Chief of Police where she worked for four Chiefs: Chief Grimmond, Chief Wayt, Chief Cummings, and Chief Tavera.
Margie and her husband, Mike are long-time city residents and she hopes to come back to serve as a City volunteer…eventually. Congratulations Margie.
Longest Serving Police Volunteer Bob Combs
“I wanted to give back to my city.” Bob Combs
Long-time El Segundo resident Bob Combs joined the Police Department as a Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) member in July 1996. He was motivated to join after hearing about the program from other RSVP members. He has been a city resident since 1956, and as he proudly stated, “I wanted to give back to my city.” Being involved with the RSVP has allowed him to meet many other great residents while also helping to keep the city safe. Bob has enjoyed his time as an RSVP member and is now the longest serving volunteer in the Police Department!
Bob Combs has been married 25 years to his wife, Betty and they are proud homeowners in El Segundo.
Using Virtual Reality to Attract New Police Officers
As part of our campaign to continually attract and hire the very best candidates, the Police Department partnered with Holor Media to create a virtual reality recruiting video for the police department. The video, titled The Rook, gives viewers a chance to experience the “reality” of being a police recruit through the academy, motorcycle training, K-9 handling, a SWAT hostage rescue and even a helicopter ride across Los Angeles. Sgt. Villarreal, the department’s Personnel Sergeant stated, “If potential recruits enjoy the experience of being an officer in virtual reality, we challenge them to apply and experience the real thing.” So, put on your VR goggles and connect to the link below to Change Everything!
Remember, you will need VR goggles with a smartphone to enjoy the full experience.
Public Safety Open House a Big Success
The police and fire departments held a joint Public Safety Open House on May 13. Many residents and visitors came out and celebrated our Centennial Open House by enjoying the food, station tours and demonstrations. Click on the link below for a fun video of the event.