LAPD Central Division Awards Ceremony Scene for Changing of the Guard
Captain Blake Chow, middle, with the Senior Lead Officers of LAPD's Central Division.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — At LAPD Central Division's annual award ceremony, one captain said hello and another said goodbye.
Yesterday's 2009 Police Recognition Day, sponsored by Central City Police Boosters, was highlighted by a luncheon and award ceremony at the Wilshire Grand. It was there, after the introductions, an invocation by Rabbi Moshe Greenwald, and a thank you from Council District Nine's Jan Perry, that new Central Commanding Captain Blake Chow spoke and made a broad hello to Central Divisions supporters and VIPs.
Captain Jodi Wakefield, now Commanding Officer of the Audit Division, took her turn on stage to offer a personal thanks to Central Division. It was clear that Captain Wakefield will miss her Downtown beat, in charge of a district that includes Skid Row, L.A. Live, South Park, Chinatown, Civic Center, and the Old Bank District.
Awards went to Michael Lorenz for Detective of the Year; Sergeant Peter Foster for Supervisor of the Year and Anthony Suviate for Police Officer of the Year. Civilian Employee of the Year was awarded to Iris Lockett and the Citizen Volunteer of the Year went to Satoru "Sats" Uyeda.
As an aside, Captain Blake Chow is not the only one shifting from Hollenbeck to Central. LAPD Sergent Kris Werner, the former Senior Lead Officer for the Arts District, will be returning to Central division beginning some time next week.
Of course, we at blogdowntown offer our own thank you to Captain Wakefield.