1 The Informant The Official Publication of the San Diego Police Officers Association Volume XXXI, No. 3 March 2011
2 San Diego Police Officers Association 8388 Vickers Street (Office) San Diego, CA (Fax) Brian Marvel President Jeff Jordon Vice President Tom Bostedt Secretary Randy Levitt Treasurer Woody DuBois Director Mike Fender Director Paul Hubka Director Rob Lewis Director Paul Paxton Director Committees and Committee Chairs Legal Committee...Lewis (Chair), Bostedt, Levitt Political Action Committee...DuBois (Chair), Bostedt, Fender SCALE/CCLEA/Big 11/PORAC Retirement... Levitt Business & Governance... Jordon (Chair), DuBois, Paxton Bylaws & Policy Administration Parliamentarian Member Relations...Bostedt (Chair), Hubka, Lewis Member Services Member Communication Public Relations... Paxton (Chair), Bostedt, Lewis Informant Website Charity Special Events/Scholarship...Hubka (Chair), DuBois, Paxton Budget & Finance...Levitt (Chair), Jordon, DuBois Labor Management...Fender (Chair), Lewis, Hubka, Levitt FIT / Safety Litigation (Ad Hoc Committee)... Chairs: Marvel/Jordon 2 The Informant Editorial and Advertising Information Editor, Emily Cox x 220 Editorial Policy The views or opinions expressed in The Informant are not necessarily the opinions of the San Diego Police Officers Association, the San Diego Police Department or any official body or agency of the City of San Diego. We encourage article ideas and photographs about or of interest to our members. Article abstracts, photos, story ideas, suggestions, letters to the editor, commentaries and information may be submitted in person, by mail or by to the editor. Freedom of expression is assured within the bounds of good taste and the limits of available space. Our target audience is law enforcement, specifically POA members of the San Diego Police Department. Deadline All copy and advertising must be submitted by the tenth of the month prior to the anticipated publication month; e.g. July 10 for the August issue. Content submitted after that date may be considered for a later issue. San Diego Police Officers Association. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the prior written permission of the publisher.
3 In This Issue Member Spotlight...4 Save the Date for the SDPOA Summer Picnic...4 Identity Theft Unit...5 Chaplain s Corner...6 The Crime Files...7 SDPOA Scholarship Applications Available Now...9 Celebrating 25 Years...10 Women in Law Enforcement...12 Officer of the Shift...14 SDPOA Discount Tickets...16 STAR/PAL TRI-N-Harder 4 Kids 2011 Chief s Challenge Indoor Triathlon...17 PERT Perspective...18 UC RFPA Update...20 Gang Involvement Among San Diego County Arrestees...21 SDPD on the PGA Tour...22 In Remembrance th Annual Remembrance Day...23 SDPOA Office Closure...23 Code 4 Chronicles...24 SDPOA Raffle Tickets for Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Trips...25 SDPOA Badge & Bowl Tournament...25 Stranger than Fiction...26 On the Road...27 At a Glance Calendar...28 Office Manager s Report...29 Classified Ads...29 Board Minutes...30 On the Cover: Photo submitted by Western Division Officer Nick Nguyen President s Message As many of you know, the SDPOA has undertaken the expensive, but important, endeavor of sending officers to the major law enforcement memorials in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento. We ve always had a great presence at the San Diego County memorial and had quite a few members attend the Sacramento memorial, but we realize that we need to have a greater presence at the National Memorial especially considering the fact that the SDPOA donated $100,000 towards its construction years ago. Our goal for this year is to raise enough money to send at least 25 officers to the National and to the California Memorial ceremonies to commemorate Officer Chris Wilson s sacrifice and witness the unveiling of his name inscribed on the memorial walls. We would also like to keep having an ongoing presence at the National Memorial every year to commemorate all of the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty since our nation s founding. I would like to thank the Chief s office for all their support in this noble endeavor. We are raising funds through a variety of channels. We were approached by former Charger Vencie Glenn and Jim Bartell of Bartell & Associates to help us put on a fundraising event to benefit the SDPOA Memorial Fund and offset the costs of sending officers to these ceremonies. The SDPOA Badge & Bowl Tournament is rapidly approaching on March 13 and I hope to see some of you there. If you are interested in playing, it is a bowling tournament with four-person teams and there are only as many spaces available as there are bowling lanes. Registration forms are available at the SDPOA office. The actual raffle for the open seats to each of the ceremonies will be held at noon on Monday, March 14. Raffle tickets are $10.00 each and you may buy raffle tickets during business hours at the SDPOA office. Each raffle ticket is one chance toward attending one of the ceremonies as a part of the SDPOA s delegation (air and hotel expenses paid). At least five winners will be drawn for each ceremony and only SDPOA active and retired members are eligible to win. If every member participated by buying just one raffle ticket, we could raise over $18,000. Please spread the word! We really appreciate all of the support that our members have given to us as we undertake this effort. The City officially served notice to the SDPOA and met February 4th regarding retiree health care. The City gave its initial offer on that date and we will be working through their offer and our counteroffer over the next few weeks. Please log onto the forum for specifics of the initial offer or swing by the POA front counter. Continued on page 22 March
4 Member Spotlight: Lieutenant Andra Brown Lieutenant Brown is originally from Tempe, Arizona, but her family moved to Bonsall when she was 15 years old. She graduated from Fallbrook Union High School and attended Palomar Junior College where she studied quite the combination of criminal justice and fashion merchandising until she was old enough to join the police department. Within a year of her 21st birthday, Lieutenant Brown left her job working in her parents bridal wear store and joined the 107th academy in April She had long held the desire to be a police officer, but not due to watching all the usual cop shows as a kid. Her favorite cousin is six years older and was in law school when Lieutenant Brown was beginning to think through her career choices. Wanting to be just like her cousin, but also knowing that she didn t want to spend an extra seven to eight years in school, she decided on the enforcement side of the law profession. After completing the academy, she spent phase training all over the city from Northeastern to Southeastern and Eastern to Central Divisions. Her first assignment found her working the next five years at Western Division, mainly in Ocean Beach and OB Heights. Following a promotion to agent, she went to Southeastern for four years. She became a sergeant in December 1995 and worked out of Southern Division for three years before transferring up to Northern for nine years. Though it is always difficult to pick a favorite assignment, Lieutenant Brown says she enjoyed her time at Southeastern due to what was happening there at the time and she had significant opportunities to mature as an officer and learn about herself as a leader. She also enjoyed Northern Division because she had a great squad who really worked well together and took care of each other. Save the Date for the POA Summer Picnic! Sunday, July 31 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Santee Sportsplex Riverwalk Drive Fun for the whole family! Batting cages, softball fields, bounce houses, games and more! Tickets will be on sale this summer. Keep an eye out for more information from SDPOA blasts and future Informant issues 4 The Informant She loved working patrol and was comfortable in that position, but after 21 years of patrol, she transferred over to the Research, Analysis, and Planning Unit. She names this as one of the smartest career moves she could have made as she learned new things in a different environment and stretched far outside of her comfort zone. Her next move was to Vice Admin for nine months, where she worked with the ABC and City officials. It was here that she learned about City politics and learned to utilize diplomacy. She was promoted to lieutenant in June 2010 and was assigned to Media Relations, where she now serves as the first to comment to media in most cases. Her outside interests include running and she ll be in her 18th year on the Baker to Vegas team this year. She and Motor Officer Dave Root were married in May 2009 and they enjoy traveling whenever possible.
5 The San Diego Police Department s Identity Theft Unit is tasked with investigating what has been described as the fastest-growing crime in America. Each year millions of dollars are stolen by individuals using victim s personal identifying information to open fraudulent credit accounts throughout the country and the world. Investigation of these cases requires an extensive amount of training and expertise because the majority of the cases reported to the Identity Theft Unit are committed over the internet. Accordingly, a substantial amount of the victims who have cases handled by the SDPD Identity Theft Unit do not live in San Diego or even California. In these cases, a victim in another state will have their information compromised over the internet or through another method. An account is then opened under the victim s name with a vendor or credit card company and illegally purchased products are shipped to the San Diego area. Detectives obtain search warrants for Internet Protocol Addresses captured by the vendor during the internet transactions. They use the IP Address to identify from what physical location an order was made and search warrants are obtained for the physical address. Alternately, detectives will conduct surveillance on addresses to which the products are delivered, occasionally working undercover with vendors or delivery services to identify targets and make controlled deliveries of stolen merchandise. Detectives in the Identity Theft Unit also engage in proactive investigations, including conducting probation and parole searches of suspects known to commit identity theft. Suspects arrested by the unit include members of area street gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs. Confidential informants are utilized when possible to gain intelligence for investigations and to purchase stolen personal identifying information from criminals. The have about 2,000 cases to sift through each year and cases are prioritized by the value of the loss and the strength of the leads in the case. Identity Theft detectives are generally working on at least five cases at any given time, but cases often cover multiple victims and incidents thieves tend not to stick to stealing from one victim at a time. Recently, the unit has also been dealing with more Real Estate fraud cases generated during the sub-prime era of the mortgage industry. The losses in Identity Theft cases can reach into millions of dollars and due to the nature of its investigations, the Identity Theft Unit often works cases with other local state and federal agencies. Identity Theft Unit The Identity Theft Unit is located in Economic Crimes on the second floor of Central Division. The unit is overseen by Captain Jim Collins and Lieutenant Dave Cavanaugh. Detective Sergeant Howard LaBore supervises Detectives Jim Troussel, Eddie Fletes, Natalie Fortier, Simon Ty, Tom O Daniell and Woody DuBois. Detective Fred Helm is currently assigned to the Secret Service s Regional Fraud Task Force, which focuses on identity theft cases that have an organized crime angle, and he is a cross sworn federal agent. The Identity Theft Unit has a vertical prosecution system with the Economic Crimes Section of the District Attorney s office - the assigned attorney for a case will work it from issuance to trial, eliminating the need to pass information along from one deputy DA to the next. In most identity theft cases, the first offense will land the thief in county jail and a second offense will send them to state prison. There generally is not a probation option. In a recent identity theft case, San Diego-based suspects created a fictitious medical research company. They then stole the identity of a couple in Pennsylvania and made the victims CEOs of the company. They created false financial statements for the victims and obtained corporate credit cards for the fictitious company. The suspects bought computers and other electronics, created another company and resold the stolen property over the Internet. The suspects also bought several condos in downtown San Diego and La Jolla, financing 100% of the purchases, taking cash from the purchases and then allowing the properties to go into foreclosure. The total taken in the case was almost $4 million. One suspect with no priors was sentenced to four years and the other is awaiting trial and faces a sentence of years. In another type of identity theft case, multiple victims reported unauthorized purchases on their credit or debit cards. Items bought from the victims accounts were delivered to vacant apartments in Hillcrest and Normal Heights. Detectives contacted the victims in search of a common thread and found that the victims had all dined at one of two area restaurants. It turned out that the suspect worked at both of these two restaurants. He had also lived in the buildings with the vacant apartments. Following his arrest, the search of his residence produced many of the illegally purchased items. He admitted to writing down customers credit card numbers after serving them and he is currently awaiting trial where he faces eight years upon conviction. Research has shown a large amount of identity theft is preventable by being more careful with the handling of personal identifying information. Because of this, detectives in the Identity Theft Unit are often tasked with giving presentations to various organizations and citizen groups to educate them on how to prevent themselves from becoming a victim. Continued on page 8 March
6 Chaplain s Corner By Herb Smith, SDPD Chaplain O Lord, who may abide in Thy tent? Who may dwell on Thy holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart Psalm 15:1-2. What are the principles that govern your life? I recently came across the American Creed, approved by the U.S. House on April 3, It was written by William Tyler Page as part of a nation-wide essay contest in It states: I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the People, by the People, for the People; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; A democracy in a republic, a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of Freedom, Equality, Justice and Humanity for which American Patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies. Our Declaration of Independence states what we believe, and this creed affirms that in light of such, is what we will do. Creeds are the mission statements of our lives which leverage us into core values, goals and aspiration. George Washington at age 15 laid down in his own writing 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. Among them: 108 When you speak of God, or His attributes, let it be seriously and with reverence. Honor and obey your natural parents although they be poor (meaning, lacking). 109 Let your recreations be manful not sinful. 110 Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. As police officers we embrace a code of ethics to keep faith with the public trust, to serve mankind and safeguard lives and property. Chief in that code is maintaining our private life unsullied as an example to all and striving to be honest in thought and deed in both our personal and professional life. We are thus dedicated before God to our chosen profession, and cultivate wisdom and discernment from that. As a Christian, Psalm 101 calls me to embrace the admonition to give heed to the blameless way to walk within my house in the integrity of my heart; setting no worthless thing before my eyes, to avoid perversity, slander and pride. Ps. 15 above tells me to keep my word and not compromise the truth. Creeds connect us to a higher standard and remind us of who we are and what we ought to be. Left to ourselves we easily smother that little spark of celestial fire, and are quick to explain away and deafen to the still, small voice of God s whispering conscience in us. 6 The Informant Becoming a law unto ourselves, we self-deceive with rationalizing excuses to justify the suppression of what we know deep down is wrong but are unwilling to take stand against. Ignoring the testament of ethics and morality that defines the character of civil cohesion tears at the fabric of our collective faith, families and freedoms. Rather, in the dead of dark moments our credos conduct us upward, to a North Star that doesn t move with the gyrations of earth, a fixed point that leads us back to where we need to be, to the better part of our spirit, to a corporate solidarity of community ideals, to the faithful calling of the God Who gave us the life and purpose and meaning that makes everything we do worthwhile and everyone we touch better off for it. What I do in truth apart from self brings God s security, satisfaction and significance for the light, love and life He designed me for from the beginning. Creeds remind us who and whose we are, maintaining our bearing and our heading in uniform discipline and demeanor. Altering principle for pernicious acts of personal passion destroys liberty and justice for all. We always follow in evil, but lead in the truth. We are a free nation whose standards of freedom, equality, justice and humanity come from a corporate regard for the rule of law, a shared respect for its constitution and a willingness to sacrifice for the good of all. Our creeds give canon to the walk of our talk. Our codes catalog the conscience of our conduct. But it all comes from a fundamental awareness that we cannot be a law unto ourselves and that our form will follow a fealty to our function. What governs our hearts will either grace or grieve us. We were created in the image of God. Embracing the likeness of His lovingkindness and Truth is our foundation of freedom and fidelity of faithfulness. You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand endless delight 16:11. The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly sup-port those whose heart is completely His II Chronicles 16:9. See the ad for our 20th Law Enforcement and Emergency Personnel Prayer Breakfast coming up April 1st. This year s speaker comes with a remarkable career in law enforcement and a compelling message that will leave you wanting more. Great food, interaction, encouragement and resources to enhance and enable your high calling. Bring friends and family to a morning that will fuel your spirit and refresh your soul!
7 By Steve Willard Ghosts in Old Town Yankee Jim Robinson arrived in San Diego in the summer of It s not known for sure where he picked up the name Yankee although it s likely the tall blonde Canadian was a former sailor who came to California in 1842 after serving in the Navy. Historians differ on whether Yankee Jim picked up the name there or while prospecting for gold in Northern California. Why Yankee Jim came to San Diego is also a source of debate. There are those who insist he was a good-natured man who came to town with two friends seeking a place to live. There are others who speculate the men came as part of a crime spree that was supposed to lead them to a retirement in Mexico. The men quickly discovered their stay was not going to be a happy one. They arrived just as the City was struggling with bankruptcy. The ensuing crime and economic tensions had pushed tempers to an all time high and outsiders were being blamed for every problem in town. Public opinion of Yankee Jim would go from bad to worse when he attempted to steal the 30-ton pilot boat Plutus docked in San Diego Bay. Pursued by vigilantes, Yankee Jim escaped by jumping into a rowboat where he eventually went across the bay and landed in Point Loma. He was captured several hours later when he stopped at a ranch asking for food and water. The rancher became suspicious when he remembered hearing of the townspeople looking for a tall stranger in a red shirt. Realizing Yankee Jim was the wanted man, the rancher grabbed a sword. At the same time, Yankee Jim bolted with the rancher and his wife in hot pursuit. The chase ended when the rancher smashed the rusty sword over Yankee Jim s head. The rancher then lashed the battered man to a mule and walked him back to town. Within days of being captured, the County, who had authority of the bay, placed Yankee Jim and his two friends on trial. At first, Yankee Jim thought the whole thing was a skit designed to scare him. The jury was made up of some of the men who originally chased him and Judge Benjamin Hayes was drunk during much of the trial. The trial began with prosecutor James W. Robinson (no relation) telling the jury that Yankee Jim came to town to steal San Diego s only ship to commit piracy on the high seas. The proceedings were so amusing to Yankee Jim he had to be told several times to stop laughing. In the end, he found it was no joke. After a short deliberation, the jury reached a The Crime Files verdict and recommended death. Judge Hayes agreed and Yankee Jim was sentenced to die at the end of a rope the next day. While Yankee Jim s sentence may seem harsh and swift for modern day standards, for some jury members the hanging couldn t come soon enough. They wanted to take him outside and lynch him right after the trial. Cooler heads prevailed and the law that required a jury to wait 24 hours before a hanging was followed. Without a jail to house Yankee Jim, he was shackled to a tree to await his sentence. The hanging took place on August 18th on the site of what is now the Whaley House. As soon as Yankee Jim saw the rope he knew the last 24 hours of his life had been very real. Death came slowly for the Canadian as the scaffolding was not high enough for his 6 foot 3 inch frame and he spent half an hour strangling on the rope. The execution of Yankee Jim should have brought closure to one of the most sensational cases of 1852 but it was only the beginning. Shortly after his hanging some citizens reported seeing his ghost in the area of the gallows. After the Whaley house was built in 1857, spirit sightings continued, mainly in the room and staircase directly over where the gallows once stood. Some encounters consisted of hearing noises in the upstairs but some people reported actually seeing Yankee Jim. In 1860, Thomas Whaley wrote in his journal he often heard footsteps upstairs and thought they belonged to the condemned Canadian. For more than a century and a half, many visitors to the Whaley House have reported feeling a choking sensation when they walk over the spot Yankee Jim was hung. In 1964, television personality Regis Philbin and a companion tried to spend the night in the house. Around 2:30 a.m. they saw someone, or something, walk from the study into the music room. When they shined a flashlight on the mysterious guest it vanished into thin air. The men fled and the haunted house reputation exploded. Several years after Philbin s encounter, a college class was reenacting the trial of Yankee Jim in the Whaley House courtroom. When several members of the mock jury reported seeing Yankee Jim s ghost, the class fled in terror. Today, the Whaley House is reported to be home of many spirits including the Whaley family and stands as one of two officially registered haunted houses in California. With hundreds of sightings of spirits, aberrations and specters, some paranormal experts call it the most haunted house in America. March
8 ID Theft - continued from page 5 The most common points of exposure are skimming copying down personal information as the suspect did in the restaurant cases or having information stolen from businesses that would store your information, such as doctor s offices, tax preparers and so on. Some of their top advice is to always take your mail to a mailbox inside the post office. It is no surprise that thieves can be tricky, identity theft cases have started out of suspects dressing as mail carriers to take mail out of boxes attached to homes or by lining the inside of the blue post office boxes on street corners with a trash bag to collect mail and remove it before actual mail carriers come by for collection. Simple habits to get into are shredding all documents that have personal identifying information like your name, date of birth and social security numbers. If your card is going to leave your presence (i.e. at a restaurant), don t use a card that is directly attached to a bank account. Although you will not be responsible for the loss from your bank account when the money is taken, it can take over a week to have funds credited back to your account. Using a credit card will protect you from unauthorized purchases. A few minutes of extra vigilance can spare a major headache - it can take a victim more than a year to get his or her identity and credit score sorted out after it has been compromised. (Source: Special thanks to Woody DuBois for the unit overview) Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri! We re working 24/7 just like you! Studio diner 4701 Ruffin Road San Diego, CA Ask your server about our rewards card! 8 The Informant California Assembly Resolution Honoring Officer Chris Wilson Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher stopped by the SDPOA Board of Directors meeting on February 10 to present a resolution in acknowledgement of Officer Chris Wilson. The resolution is on display in the SDPOA lobby. Law Office of Dan Zeidman Dan ZeiDman, esq. Law Offices Of Dan ZeiDman 260 East Chase Avenue, Suite 201 El Cajon, California Phone: Fax: Providing legal services to peace officers and their families throughout San Diego County in personal injury, wrongful death, insurance law and defamation since Recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Trial Lawyer award by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, aka San Diego Trial Lawyers Association. Proven trial lawyer for injured law enforcement officers and their families (sample cases below): 1. $700,000 jury verdict for San Diego deputy sheriff 2. $595,000 jury verdict for National City police sergeant 3. $780,000 settlement for San Diego police officer 4. $350,000 court verdict for defamed San Diego police officer, plus a ruling on the constitutionality of Civil Code 47.5 Defamation of a Peace Officer [Loshonkohl v. Kinder (2003) 109 Cal.App. 4th 510]; $1,115, in court verdict, jury verdict, and settlements for SDPD for Dona Loshonkohl against James Kinder 5. $1,800,000 settlement for family members of police officer 6. $900,000 settlement for San Diego police officer 7. Successful litigation in breach of right to privacy case for 90 law enforcement households, totaling over 300 family members 8. $1,425, settlement for San Diego police officer No Recovery No Attorney Fees 26 Pro fam
9 SDPOA Scholarship Applications Available Application Deadline: Noon Friday, April 15, 2011 We are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships to assist children of our members in pursuing their education. Scholarships are available because of the generous donations from individuals, businesses and organizations in support of our law enforcement community. Eligibility Criteria Son or daughter of an SDPOA member active, retired or deceased Diamonds Ltd. High school graduate or senior scheduled to graduate by June 30, 2011 Currently enrolled in or formally accepted to a trade school, junior college, college or graduate school and scheduled to begin study by March 1, 2012 Minimum overall cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or completion of two or more college semesters with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 Please contact the SDPOA office with any questions Rules and Guidelines 2010 recipients are ineligible in 2011, but may submit applications next year recipients, and prior, are eligible to submit applications this year Two-time scholarship recipients are no longer eligible Applications are available at the POA office or will be ed upon request Late or incomplete applications will not be considered fax not accepted. Applications must be at the POA office by noon, Friday, April 15 Original or photocopy transcripts MUST accompany application Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee Notification letters will be mailed to all applicants in mid-may Recipients will be invited to the Scholarship Awards Brunch in the early summer College students who do not have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 must include transcripts that show the applicant has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 for at least two complete semesters of college/junior college AND submit high school transcripts. High school seniors, or graduates who have not attended college, must submit transcripts confirming cumulative GPA for not less than four years. Seniors graduating in June are exempt from providing final quarter/ semester grades, but may include first three quarters/first semester grades. Undergraduate and graduate college students must include transcripts confirming grades for all college courses completed AND high school transcripts Diamonds Ltd. FINE JEWELERS a name you can trust Specializing in: Diamonds Gemstones Manufacturing Custom Design Gold & Platinum Appraisals by GIA graduates (Not pictured: Ed Zwibel SDPD # Eastern Division) Gold, Jewelry, & Estate Buyers Cash paid on the spot! Any quantity, any condition, in strict confidence (Bonus paid for larger diamonds) Don t forget to ask for Work done on premises! Repairs Redesign Restoration Stone Setting Laser Repair/Weld Inside Ring Engraving The Zwibel family has provided over 30 years of exceptional service in San Diego With three generations in both Jewelry and Law Enforcement your POA discount! Fletcher Parkway, Suite 104 El Cajon, CA (Across from Parkway Plaza) March
10 Celebrating 25 Years The 25-Year Watch Luncheon was held in the SDPOA Hall on Wednesday, January 19. This 25 Year Watch Luncheon honored the SDPOA members who reached the 25 year milestone with the San Diego Police Department between July - December David P. Achenbach Brian R. Blagg Michael D. Brogdon Daniel E. Douglas, Jr. James A. Hawksley Manuel S. Hernandez Byron E. Hibshman Robert L. Lewis Maura J. Mekenas-Parga Lynn D. Rydalch Joseph R. Steffen Freddie B. Thornton Gerard M. Waclawek Timothy D. Williams Daniel T. Stuber Cindy L. Brady Tracy D. Braun Elsa L. Castillo Daniel E. Cerar John S. Hendrix Antonio D. Johnson Jeffrey B. Pace Bradley L. Phelps Ivan A. Sablan Daniel K. Shepherd Leticia M. Taylor Robert S. Truderung Robert L. Walter David N. Ward Thomas M. Boerum Russell D. Bristol Lloyd J. Hoff Paul N. Keffer Mark A. Marcos Jerome R. Mcmanus Cynthia M. Morrison Michael W. Ott Robert M. Redding, Jr. Wendy S. Reno Gary V. Rivers Sharon M. Smyth Leslie W. Stewart 10 The Informant
12 Women in Law Enforcement By Cindy Blanco March is Women s History Month and women have had a tremendous impact in the work force. When women started working they did so out of necessity and without many career choices, but that has all changed. In particular, women have made great strides in law enforcement. Each of these women had a variety of experiences that brought them to where they are now. One common thread I found while speaking to these women was how they would not trade the experience of it for any other job. I am going to take you through a journey of strength, determination, commitment and hard work. In return, they have earned the honor of wearing a peace officer s badge, whether it s a shield or star. After her phase training, she was assigned to a two person ambulance unit. Months later, she was transferred to another division where she worked a one person unit. Alicia always trusted her gut feelings when she felt something was odd. She remembered relying on her sixth sense throughout her career. She proved herself on more than one occasion whether fighting a suspect to the ground, covering her beat partners or working undercover details without a safety net, (being wired so her cover officers could monitor the situation in whatever establishment she was in, because of the lack of equipment available to SDPD at the time). Alicia Lampert was hired as a police officer in 1972 by the San Diego Police Department and retired as a lieutenant in She earned the distinction of being the first female police officer assigned to the patrol division. Alicia started her career as a records clerk with SDPD and developed a greater interest in becoming a police officer. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the hiring requirements for men and women were vastly different. The hiring requirements for women at SDPD at that time were a minimum of 24 years old and have an Associate of Arts degree. Police women were hired as investigators and assigned to a detective division after graduating from the academy. Men who sought a job with SDPD had to be a minimum of 21 years old and have a high school diploma; however, upon graduating from the academy they were assigned to the patrol division. The Women s Movement that took hold across the nation in the 1970s is often credited with establishing equal rights, including the right to apply for any job that a man held if they met the job qualifications. The San Diego Police Department Administration saw that change was coming and had the courage to change its hiring policy before they were mandated. As soon as the hiring qualifications were changed for patrol officers, Alicia applied for the position. When she hit the streets, Alicia was seen as an oddity by the community and many people were in awe when they saw her. They had not seen a woman on patrol or responding to emergencies, so more times than not, people just stared. She was accepted by the majority of the male officers. The male officers greatest concern at the time was the ability of a female officer to be able to perform the same tasks. Alicia was determined she was not going to fail herself or her partners. She received the same intense patrol training as her male counterparts and her field training officers drilled in to her you have to develop good safety habits to be successful in this job. If they had any negative feelings towards women in patrol they did not display or share them with her. 12 The Informant Through the years Alicia continually looked back and thought over and over how lucky she was to have such an exciting career. No day was ever the same and the job was never boring. Ruth Hinzman is a veteran of 25 years with the Chula Vista Police Department and is currently working in the Family Protection Unit. She thought of becoming a police officer in high school and joined the San Diego Sheriff s Explorer Program at age 16, volunteering at the Sheriff s Santee Station for about four years. She never thought she would be a law enforcement officer due to the physical restrictions of the job at the time, applicants had to be at least 5 9 tall. All that soon changed when the height requirement was lifted. She began running and working out. She even saw a hypnotist to get her over the hump for her final physical test. She applied and was accepted for the first Police Academy held at Southwestern College in While attending the academy, she worked as a dispatcher for the Chula Vista Police Department. When she completed the academy and hiring process for the Chula Vista Police Department, she was hired as a patrol officer. She worked in the patrol division for about six and a half years. During that time she became a training officer. She trained new recruits in patrol procedures and how to best serve the citizens of Chula Vista. Being a training officer has its rewards but is also very taxing. When asked about facing the unexpected, Officer Hinzman said both training and gut feelings help everyone in law enforcement. Training becomes second nature and you react without thinking about it. It becomes a way of life; as an example, law enforcement officers try to sit with their backs to walls in restaurants. We tend to stand with our gun side away from people (even when we are in civilian clothes). We tend to be very aware of our surroundings, we always have a plan B, and we become courageous or fear, which has said its prayers.
13 Patricia Duke started with the Sheriff s Department in 1979 then transferred to the San Diego Marshal s in 1981, for a year and a half before leaving to start a her new career of raising a family. In 1986, she decided to return to a career in law enforcement knowing it was a career she truly missed. She was rehired by the San Diego Marshal s Office and immediately realized working as a bailiff in the courtroom was not for her. She was selected to work in Field Operations, serving and enforcing civil processes and arrest warrants. Her dedication made her stand out and she was selected to be a member of the US Marshal s Fugitive Task Force where she was recognized for several high profile investigations and arrests. During this assignment she came to recognize the value of collaboration and cooperation between law enforcement agencies. Due to her skills as a law enforcement officer and her ability to interact with people, she was assigned for a period of time to the Judicial Protection/Security Response Team and later as the Law Enforcement Military Liaison to all the military installations in San Diego County. There was a time when she was assigned to the field and while serving a typical eviction notice she was involved in a critical incident. She never doubted herself for response to the incident and credited her response in part to the training she had received while assigned to the Judicial Protection/ Security Response Team. The Marshal s Office merged with the Sheriff s Department in 1999 and she was assigned to the Lemon Grove Sheriff Station as a patrol sergeant. She empowered those who worked with her and never shied away from any learning experience. These abilities and talents earned her recognition and set her up to be challenged with a new job in Internal Affairs. She described Internal Affairs as eye-opening, being exposed to the good and bad of the Department. It was in this assignment she learned the cliché Taking care of the little things played true to life. She related, We owe it to our subordinates to address the little things before they develop into something requiring at attention of Internal Affairs. Once promoted to lieutenant she was assigned to Las Colinas Women s Detention Facility and once promoted to captain she was assigned to Santee Sheriff Station for four years. In her current position as commander, she knows she made the right choice in her career saying, It is my calling. It is an honor to be a woman in law enforcement. I love my job and I will continue to keep making a difference in people s lives when I am needed. The thin blue line of law enforcement is what keeps the peace in our communities, but without the prosecuting attorneys of the District Attorney s office, we would have a hard time keeping the bad guys off of the street. Jodi Breton has spent the last 18 years as a Deputy District Attorney with the San Diego District Attorney s Office. She enjoys her work and says it is important to hold people accountable for their actions. After graduating from college and motivated by the thought of making a lot of money, she was hired by a Board of Trade in the Midwest. She worked for an investment banking firm that offered to pay for law school but she turned it down after being witness to insider trading and drug deals on the trading floor. Her morals told her no matter how much money she could make, she could not tolerate this behavior. She quit her job that very day and moved to California. As fate would have it, within a week of starting law school several of her former coworkers were arrested for insider trading. In spite of graduating law school with over $80,000 in student loans, she found her passion as a Deputy District Attorney. When a case is issued, she has a team of extraordinary people who help her put together a comprehensive trial package. She would not be as successful a prosecutor if it was not for the dedicated paralegals, clerks, investigators and investigative specialists at her side. She has a good working relationship with defense attorneys who have an unenviable job of protecting the rights of the accused. She has worked many different cases including but not limited to DUI, homicide, sexual assault, family protection and rape cases. Most of her frustrations with the job are the ways the laws are written allowing the guilty party to only receive a certain sentence. She knows it is not up to her to make the decision on a verdict or the length of punishment. She is the voice for the victims and her reward is seeing that some kind of justice prevailed. She can say with all honesty that she loves coming to work every day, knowing she made the right career choice. These women preserved and many more persevered through struggles to become law enforcement officers. From the beginning journey of Alicia Lampert and her drive to be a San Diego Police Department patrol officer, these women helped pave the way for women coming after them. Some of the credit for the success of women in law enforcement comes from the foresight of the training officers to train these women. Though court decisions played a partial role, ultimately the respective administrations of the law enforcement agencies allowed women to be successful in their chosen career. These are women of honor who stepped up to a challenge. Today, men and women stand and work together as a law enforcement team to serve and protect the citizens of their respective communities. About the Author: Cindy Blanco is a freelance writer, wife of retired San Diego Sheriff s Department Sergeant James Blanco and mother of a daughter in law enforcement. March
14 Officer of the Shift Ronald Hauser, Attorney at Law Pro Sound/Music For All Odd Occasions Numbered Months Weddings Retirement/Birthday Parties Professional DJ/Gear/Engineer Indoor/Outdoor Events Reasonable Rates Please Call Or For Quote anything else is just noise TMAG SOUND Phone: Fax: Law Enforcement Owned & Operated 14 The Informant price through your current contract is $113/month In appreciation of outstanding officers from the September 2010 January 2011 shift, the Officer of the Shift breakfast ceremonies were held on Monday, January 24 and Thursday, January 27 in the POA Hall. Members of the SDPD Command Staff, POA Directors, the award winners and family members gathered to recognize the award recipients. Sergeant Paul Connelly (Traffic Division) nominated for outstanding leadership skills and as the training sergeant for the Unit, he is responsible for developing, directing and overseeing the helicopter, airplane and tactical flight officer training. The Air Support Unit has a perfect safety record and Sergeant Connelly instills an attitude of safety first, above all else in the Unit. Detective Chappie Hunter (Investigations I) as a member of the Innocence Lost Task Force, he targets pimping suspects who victimize juveniles and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. He and his partner developed the first SDPD pimping and prostitution menu training class and they have presented material on human trafficking to several organizations. He has effectively created network of pimping investigators throughout the region and country. Officer Scott Napora (Operational Support) nominated for his outstanding work in Operational Support, including the development a bar-code inventory system for stock firearms that allow for flawless gun inventory. He wrote three separate Police Foundation grants requesting essential equipment and developed a centralized equipment database to track all 10,000 plus department owned assets controlled by Operational Support Admin. divorce BankRuptCy discount to law enforcement Ronald a. HauseR attorney at law (619) (619) national City san diego la Mesa
15 Officer Jonathan Dungan (Southeastern) nominated for being one of the most proactive officers on his squad. His intelligence gathering and computer skills are some of the best in the division. This shift, he solved three robberies from his beat knowledge and ability to recognize suspects from past encounters. He is commended for his work ethic, pro-activity, investigative work, and computer skills. Detective William Olsen (Southern) nominated for his work on a three month long burglary series in which suspects would break windows to enter a home and steal jewelry and other concealable items, often leaving DNA evidence behind. Detective Olsen stopped the suspects, made an arrest and gained confessions. He displayed exemplary job knowledge, problem-solving efforts, investigative ability, and interviewing techniques. Officer Justin Pimienta (Mid-City) nominated for consistently working hard to investigate crimes to the fullest and follow-up on all possible leads. His investigative ability and work ethic are a shining example to all the patrol officers at Mid City Division. He spent three weeks of this shift in the 830 s investigative bay and made the most of his time in the special assignment. Officer Ryan Siemer (Central) commended for his exemplary job performance, investigative ability, strong work ethic and job knowledge. In addition to regular patrol duties, he was highly committed to addressing assault, theft, narcotic and transient issues downtown. While primarily working a one officer unit, his work this shift resulted in 94 arrests, 53 citations, 332 field interviews and 38 investigations while volunteering for 673 calls for service. Acting Detective Andrea Wood (Western) nominated for her work on an Acting Detective assignment with the Juvenile Services Team. She quickly excelled at being an investigator, handling 117 crime cases, 252 Juvenile Contact Reports, 13 adult in-custody arrests and 239 runaway/missing juvenile cases. Her determination and work ethic in JST helped solve many divisional problems and she is commended for her investigative abilities, interpersonal skills and teamwork. STOP, DROP & ROLL!! Everybody s talking about it, but, what does it mean to YOU? Make the best days of your life your retirement years! Our professionals at Focus Investment Advisors will analyze, strategize and execute a plan that will offer you a more secure retirement. To find out what your options are before you roll, call or for more information: (760) ext: 100 Securities offered through Girard Securities, Inc. A registered Broker-Dealer. Member FINRA/SiPC. Girard Securities, Inc. is not affiliated with Focus Investment Advisors. Officer Edgar Melendez (Northeastern) nominated for catching a suspect in a robbery and beating of an elderly female. He recovered the victim s wallet and the suspect later pled guilty. He also caught a burglary suspect after a foot chase and detained him for questioning in another case. During this shift, Officer Melendez actively worked on crime problems in his service area and consistently sought wanted subjects. Officer Grant Jobe (Northern) nominated for his professional demeanor, positive attitude and high productivity. During this shift, he conducted over 60 field interviews, issued over 50 citations, impounded over 40 vehicles and made over 70 arrests. Of those arrests, over 40 were custodial and more than 20 were for felonies; most of them narcotics related. Officer Jeffrey Livermore (Eastern) nominated for conducting thorough field investigations, making high quality proactive arrests and excelling at keeping track of criminals and criminal activity in his area. During the shift, Jeffrey made over 230 proactive contacts in the Del Cerro, Grantville, San Carlos and Lake Murray communities. He is commended for being a team player, an excellent field investigator and truly has a positive impact in the 320 service area. Detective Tom Odaniell (Investigations II) nominated for being the go-to detective for ID Theft-related questions. He has excellent contacts throughout the law enforcement, retail and banking communities and a great working relationship with the District Attorney s office. He has mentored several new detectives to the unit and is always willing to assist with surveillance or conduct follow-up to help the other detectives. Officer Luis Carbajal (Northwestern) nominated for his self-initiated and proactive approach to addressing narcotics, robbery and loitering issues at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center and Del Mar Highlands shopping plaza. During the past shift, he conducted more than 40 field interviews, made 18 arrests/detentions, issued over 40 traffic citations and completed approximately 25 preliminary investigations. He is commended for his initiative, teamwork, problem-solving and communication abilities. Considering a career change? Want to own your own business? 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17 STAR/PAL TRI-N-HARDER-4-KIDS The 2011 Chief s Challenge Indoor Triathlon was held on January 22 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. Nearly $9,000 was raised by officers from the San Diego Police Department and other local agencies and proceeds from this event directly benefit inner-city youth who take part in STAR/PAL programs. Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman, the top fundraiser in this year s event and a regular competitor in local indoor & outdoor triathlons, challenged fellow law enforcement officers to compete and literally go the extra mile for San Diego s youth. Through their personal fundraising efforts, officers helped ensure that a deserving child gets to take part in enriching programs and opportunities through STAR/PAL. STAR/PAL (Sports Training, Academics, Recreation/Police Athletic League) is a nonprofit organization that provides over 10,000 youth services annually in inner-city neighborhoods 2011 Chief s Challenge Indoor Triathlon throughout the city and county of San Diego. STAR/PAL program directors are law enforcement officers from SDPD and County Probation who offer critical programs which focus on promoting youth safety, positive life choices, and academic success. The TRI-N-HARDER-4-KIDS indoor triathlon consisted of a 10 minute pool swim, 20 minute cycle ride on a stationary bike and a 15 minute treadmill run. David Bautista and Kimberly Collier were the top male and female overall. Other awards included: Fish Award Furthest Distance Swimming David Bautista: 17 laps Cindy Meyer: 16 laps Amber Banning: 16 laps Bike Patrol Award (Furthest Distance on Bike) Casey Gini: 9.11 miles Kimberly Collier: 9.61 miles Foot Pursuit Award (Furthest Distance on Treadmill) Joe Ramos: 2.45 miles Kimberly Collier: 1.86 miles Thank You... for making the Shay Team # 1 at RE/MAX Ranch and Beach for the third year in a row! Experts in Equity Sales, Short Sales, Investment Properties and 1031 Exchanges SELL (7355) SDPDhomes.com RAY SHAY Realtor & Retired SDPD Lieutenant DRE Lic# THERESA SHAY Realtor DRE Lic# A TeamYouCanTrust SM March
18 PERT Perspective: Childhood Suicide By Dr. Kathy Rose, PERT Team Leader and Eastern PERT clinician San Diego police officers regularly respond to radio calls involving adolescents threatening suicide. The adolescent suicide rate is approximately two million attempts yearly, nationwide. But what about younger children do grade school-aged children have thoughts of suicide, or worse, do they ever commit suicide? The answers to these questions are complex, and even arguably controversial. In recent history, childhood has been idealized and viewed as a time of innocence; so how could something as dark and taboo as childhood suicide be reconciled with these idyllic notions? It was also believed that children were incapable of understanding the full implications of their actions, and therefore, could not grasp the finality of suicide. Recent studies have refuted this and identified cognitive development, not chronological age, as the determinant in understanding death. A 1999 study revealed that 100% of students in second grade and higher understood the concept of suicide, and understood its finality. This resistance to acknowledging childhood suicide has resulted in underreporting of the actual numbers for attempts and completed suicides in this age group. Contributing to that underreporting is the stigma that accompanies childhood suicide, and reluctance of both law enforcement and the medical community to introduce the possibility of suicide to a death investigation of a child these deaths are frequently ruled accidental, when in fact they were intentional actions of a distraught or depressed child. Data indicates that while completed suicide is rare in those under age 12 (four out of 500,000) those numbers have doubled since There is, however, a high incidence of suicidal thoughts and non-lethal suicidal behaviors. While these expressions of suicidal thoughts or self-harm are often dismissed in the younger child as attention-seeking behaviors, this is not backed up by the research. Fully a third of those interviewed following an attempt stated that they wanted to die, while only 10% said their attempt was to get attention. Suicidal behaviors are rarely impulsive, and are consistent with motives of other age groups: an attempt to regain control in their lives or escape from a hopeless situation; a desire for retaliation against others, or even a hope to be reunited with a deceased loved one. Often they are seeking relief from what they perceive as unbearable emotional pain. Indisputably, the predominant risk factor for childhood suicide is the presence of a psychiatric illness. Untreated depression; previous attempts; emotional, sexual or physical abuse; family problems; and poor social adjustment are other risk factors. Warning signs include sadness, poor concentration, loss of interest in usual activities, sleep or appetite changes, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, and suicidal thoughts or preoccupation with death. What can be done to prevent childhood suicide? Parents, educators, doctors, and even law enforcement should strive to remove the taboo against discussing suicide with children. Taking it seriously when a child expresses suicidal thoughts and seeking appropriate psychiatric intervention are critical. Providing adequate supervision of children who have expressed suicidal thoughts and restricting access to means, such as securing guns, medications, poisons, and razors are also effective and necessary intervention strategies. Dr. Kathy Rose is the PERT Team Leader and Eastern PERT clinician. Please feel free to any questions, or suggestions for future topics to: Schroth & Schroth is licensed to practice in all courts in the states of California and Wyoming. We offer free consultations, and focus in the following areas of law: Injury & Death Birth Injuries Brain Injuries Catastrophic Injuries Child Injuries Construction Injuries Dog Bites Personal Injury Skiing Injuries Slip & Fall Wrongful Death 18 The Informant Transportation Injuries Auto Accidents Auto Defects Bicycle Accidents Boating Accidents Jet Ski Accidents Motorcycle Accidents Pedestrian Accidents Train Accidents Trucking Consumers & Families Breach of Contract Business Litigation Class Action Consumer Protection Construction Defects Dangerous Drugs Elder Abuse Medical Malpractice Nursing Home Negligence Product Liability Swimming Pool/Drowning Unfair Debt Collection Practices The Law Offices of Schroth & Schroth, LLC 2044 First Ave., Suite 200 San Diego, CA (619) John L. Madigan Of Counsel Professor of Law Retired Captain - SDPD Commissioner - SDPD Museum Board Member - Sheriff s Museum Third Page: $261.25/month with member
19 Drew Auto Center Our Goal... Customers For Life Fleet Highlighting Pricing cop-friendly Huge Inventory eateries in the City of San Diego that provide a full meal for under or around $8.00 using a strict 5 badge rating system. State-of-the-Art Collison repair Center Finance & Lease Programs Mary had Large a little Service lamb. Lamb Department barbeque, that Complete is. I realized that Parts & Apparel Store I have been ignoring my Southern Division brothers and sisters with restaurant locations, extended so this warranty month, UC-7 & ventured Security south Protection to Chula Vista and visited Aqui Es Texcoco for some mouthwatering, authentic Lamb For an appointment, call one of your PoA representatives: Barbacoa. FLeet DePArtment Aqui Es Texcoco is located at 1043 Broadway in Chula Vista ( ), not far from South Bay Court and about 5 minutes north of Southern Division. They take credit cards and they are open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. The parking lot is small, but street parking is available. Mike Safford (ext. 7729) or Jerry Miller (ext. 7727) toll Free (888-Drew-ForD) Jacob D and I dined in at Aqui Es Texcoco on two occasions. Our first visit revealed this place was bustling with business. Despite the crowded room, we were greeted by an energetic server and seated immediately. I chose the 20-ounce Lamb Broth with Garbanzo and Rice, and a medium Jamaica water. Jacob D chose the Lamb Enchiladas and a soda. My lamb broth was pungently delicious, which is a strange way to describe something as simple as broth, but this was the real thing, made from scratch with lamb bones. The broth had a wonderful rich, sweet flavor. Jacob D s enchiladas were divine. The combination of the sweet, rich lamb flavor and the buttery texture of the slow-cooked tender meat made for an exciting meal. Our total was $17.00, with tax and tip. We decided to eat a lighter and more adventurous meal on our second visit, so bear with me. I chose the Brain Grilled Taco and Jacob D chose the Quesadilla with Huitlacoche (corn fungus), Zucchini, Flower (squash blossom), and Mushroom. I love the mix of flavors and textures on the palate, and the Brain Taco fit the bill. The meat was buttery soft and the flavor was mild. Jacob D s quesadilla was earthy and smoky, very delicate. We finished this second meal with two Mexican style coffees, and Honey Yams for dessert. The coffee was made with a touch of Mexican Chocolate and tasted wonderful. The Honey Yams were mind-bendingly sweet and rich. Thankfully, the dessert portion was small, as too much of this stuff will have you napping in your patrol vehicle. Our total was $15.00, with tax and tip. Aqui Es Texcoco is a wonderfully flavor-rich place to eat, with choices that will satisfy an adventurous palate. I am giving it 3.75 badges. I welcome all comments, my is 2011 Explorer 2011 F150 Drew Auto Center Our Goal... Customers For Life F150 UC-7: An Anonymous Eater Fleet Pricing Large Service Department State-of-the-Art Collison repair Center extended warranty & Security Protection For an appointment, call one of your PoA representatives: Huge Inventory Complete Parts & Apparel Store Finance & Lease Programs FLeet DePArtment Mike Safford x7729, 26 years Jerry Miller x7727, 21 years toll Free (888 Drew Ford) 2011 Explorer March
20 RF&PA Update By Bill Farrar, Past President, Retired Fire & Police Association Rides and Smiles Last year I told you about Rides and Smiles. A representative visited one of the range lunches. They provide rides for people over 60. I m talking about it again because it s a really great program. Those needing a ride contact their ride coordinator who posts the request on the Rides and Smiles website. Volunteer drivers can view the ride requests on their computer and pick the ones they want. There is no minimum. You can do as many or as few as you want. The ride requests are not just for medical appointments. We take folks to religious services, grocery shopping, beauty appointments, YMCA visits, and many other things. These older people are not able to drive but their minds are sharp. They have fascinating backgrounds and are great fun to talk to. Last week I picked up a rider that was on his first ride. Jim Fallon will be 90 in May and is legally blind. His wife recently stopped driving. She accompanied him on this visit to see three of his doctors. I quickly learned that Jim is a retired New York City police officer. He was hired in 1948 and retired in His first assignment was walking a solo beat in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. I asked if that was hazardous duty walking alone with no radio. Jim said he felt fine as he was able to check in each hour by using a call box. If he encountered a knife fight in the street he would introduce his night stick to the non-compliant participants. Jim had a 25 year career and retired as a sergeant working the organized crime unit. Jim served in the Army-Air Corps in World War II. He recalled that the General would only visit the airfield at night. That required them to line all of their vehicles up on both sides of the runway with their headlights on. I ran out of time with Jim and am looking forward to driving him again for more stories. If you need the Rides and Smiles services or would like to volunteer as a driver please contact me ( ). You can donate your time or they will gladly pay you mileage at 47 cents a mile. SDCERS Beneficiary Your continuing retirement allowance beneficiary is locked in when you retire. However your death benefit beneficiary can be modified any time prior to your death. Last year SDCERS changed the definition of what is included in the death benefit. Historically, the benefit was $2000. It now includes the $2000 plus any accrued Corbett money and the value of the portion of the retiree s final month before death. Most of the time both beneficiaries are the same person, the spouse. You need to check who you have designated as the beneficiary of your death benefit. This is important. Upcoming Events Upcoming events include the annual Remembrance Day on March 6 at El Camino Park in Sorrento Valley where we pay respect to our fellow retirees who passed away in The next quarterly luncheon will be April 11 at the range. Hope to see you. Saint Patrick's Day Thursday, March 17, 2011! CODE-3 Industries, Inc. Serving You Since The Informant The one-stop cop shop for all your equipment and uniform needs. Free BBQ Hot Dogs & More! PLUS Glock & Sig Sauer Reps On Premises! Free Inspection for your Glock and Sig! Emergency Equipment Engineering 4304 Twain Avenue San Diego, CA (619) (800)