2019 Employees of the Year:

Lifesaving Award:  The Lifesaving Award recognizes employee(s) extraordinary actions while affecting or attempting to affect a lifesaving rescue or any other acts that would be considered lifesaving.  This award is for actions rendered beyond normal first aid whether or not the employee is on or off duty. 

            Marine Safety Officer Doug Leach

            Communications Supervisor Jennifer La Fontaine

            Detective Jon Deliema

            Officer RJ Garwood

            Officer Frank Gallant

            Officer Mitchell Martinez

Officer of the Year:  A sworn officer, below the rank of sergeant, who has demonstrated exemplary job performance and/or other accomplishments that far exceeds the exceptional level expected of a sworn officer.

            Officer David Avalos

Civilian Employee of the Year:  A civilian employee who has demonstrated exemplary job performance and/or other accomplishments that far exceeds the exceptional level expected of their position.

            Vance Bennett

Supervisor of the Year:  A supervisor of the rank of sergeant, lieutenant, captain and civilian supervisor or manager who has demonstrated exemplary job performance and/or accomplishments that far exceeds the exceptional level expected of their position.

            Sergeant Sam Shepherd

            Records Bureau Supervisor Shantel Collins

Award of Merit:  Any employee of the Huntington Beach Police Department who has exhibited outstanding performance during the year that consistently reflects exemplary work that far exceeds the exceptional level expected of their position.

            Detective Brad Smith

            Officer Ryan Christie

Distinguished Service Award:  Any employee of the Huntington Beach Police Department, who displays continued excellent work, achieves significant accomplishments that positively influence the department and community, and model the Organizational Values of the Department throughout their career.

            Detective Pat Ellis

            Detective Dave Humphreys

Crime Fighter Award:  This award recognizes employee(s) whose actions or performance, above the standard performance of their position, have resulted in a significant arrest or solved a significant crime trend that has positively influenced the community and department.

            Officer Travis Mossbrooks

Unit/Team Award:  The Unit/Team Award recognizes members of any group (unit, squad, detail, assignment, or other group) for outstanding contributions during a major incident, event of great significance or major contribution to the organization or the community.

Communications Unit "Gold Nation" - Communication Supervisor Jennifer La Fontaine, Communications Operators Stacy Arnold, Kaitlin Tidrick, Michelle Terrones, Max Werk


Employee Awards presented throughout 2019

MADD Law Enforcement Recognition Awards

            Century Award

            Officer Grant Hasselbach                370 arrests

            Deuce Award

            Officer Kate Jordan                         25 arrests

            Officer Craig Moresco                     52 arrests


MADD Law Enforcement Champion Award

            Officer Grant Hasselbach


2019 Employees of the Month

February         Jon Deliema, RJ Garwood, Jennifer La Fontaine

April                Marion Loney

August            Ron Davis

October          Officer Frank Gallant and Officer Mitchell Martinez

November      Officer David Avalos

December       Forensic Specialist Michelle Fiore


HB Masonic Lodge First Responders Volunteer Award

            Officer Irma Lamas


CA Peace Officers' Association Medal of Valor:

            Officer Michael Bischel


Mayors’ Award

April               Officer Gabe Ricci                       

October          Lieutenant Oscar Garcia


2019 Elks Lodge Street Cops Awards:

Officer of the Year                              Officer Joe Kearby

Aero/Traffic Officer of the Year        Officer/Pilot Mark Wersching

Detective of the Year                         Detective Jesse Garber

Civilian Employee of the Year           CSO Dina Walton


Auto Theft Advisory Council-Auto Theft Recovery Award:

            Officer Robert Gonzales


Kindervision - The Greatest Save Award:

            Detective Trent Tunstall


Ocean View School District Honorary Service Award Winner 2019:

            Officer Ryan Christie


HB Elks Lodge Enrique Camarena Award (Drug Education and Prevention in the Community):

            Officer Eric Esparza

Did you know?

The City maintains 124 traffic signals. Report malfunctions to (714) 960-8861(City) or Caltrans (PCH & Beach Blvd) (949) 936-3600. You can also report a malfunction online.

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