RPD honors employees, welcomes new reserve officer
The Redlands Police Department recently presented commendations to several officers and civilian employees and welcomed a new reserve police officer and several new civilian employees to its ranks.
During a ceremony held June 7 at the Redlands Police Annex, the department welcomed Reserve Officer Ryan Shearer. Reserves with the Redlands Police Department are volunteers who have put themselves through the rigorous academy training and background process to perform many of the same functions as fulltime, uniformed police officers.
Shearer attends Riverside Community College and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice with an emphasis on law enforcement. He recently graduated from the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center in Riverside and his ultimate goal is to be hired as a fulltime police officer.
The department also welcomed Robert Woods, recently hired as a member of the RPD Forensic Team. Following high school, Woods served more than 20 years in the United States Navy, where he worked on missile and gun guidance systems on both ship and shore installations. He was also an instructor at radar school and a naval recruiter. He left the Navy in 2001 as a chief petty officer. From 2003 to 2006, Woods worked as a forensic specialist for the San Bernardino Police Department. He later worked as a deputy coroner investigator for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The department also welcomed part-time Community Service Officers Gary Condit and Shirley Ogden and dispatcher Jonathan Ramstad and promoted Kathy Ramirez to dispatch supervisor.
Police Chief Mark Garcia also presented awards to several members of the department, including a Chief’s Commendation to Sgt. John Moore, Cpl. Sean Flynn, Officer Kelli Bishop and Officer Patrick Leivas as well as California Department of Justice Criminal Intelligence Specialist Sara Tarver and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent Michael Sader for their part in an investigation into local heroin trafficking that resulted in 15 federal arrests.
A Chief’s Commendation was also presented to Sgt. Mark Hardy and detectives Frank Rocha and Rob Williams for their investigation into the shooting death of two Redlands teens and wounding of two others that resulted in the arrest of four gang members on murder charges.
Officer Kyle Alexander was presented the Commitment to Excellence award after he was able to gather information linking two suspects to a dramatic increase in vehicle thefts in December 2011. Alexander ultimately obtained confessions from the suspects in which they admitted stealing more than 50 vehicles from Redlands over a three-month period.
Officer Jennifer Ramstad was awarded a Commitment to Excellence for her dedication in the pursuit of drunken drivers. Officer Ramstad recently received the MADD Century Award for arresting more than 100 drunken drivers in one year.
Several Citizen Volunteer Patrol members were recognized for their volunteer contributions to the department. David Raley received a Commitment to Excellence Certificate for his assistance in maintaining the department’s equipment including in-car computers and cameras, radios and other emergency equipment. Raley was instrumental in auditing duplicate cellular modem accounts and devices and saved the department over $5000 a year in subscription charges.
“David has revived our fleet’s computer and electronic equipment maintenance, which was severely lacking due to our current shortage of personnel,” said Lt. Chris Catren. “His dedication has independently reduced repair times from weeks to generally a single day. David does this on top of his regularly scheduled CVP patrol time.”
CVP Gary McCormick received a Certificate of Appreciation for his volunteer efforts as the lead CVP for the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival for the past three years. McCormick assists with planning, scheduling and training other volunteers who work closely with Bowl staff for the season’s 17 events. In addition, he works all special events, responds to call-outs and patrols on a regular basis. A CVP since March 2008, McCormick has volunteered more than 1,900 hours to the department.
CVP members Janice and Al Maxim and Kathy Stoner were presented Certificates of Appreciation for working every DUI checkpoint for more than three years, a total of 63 events. In addition, all three work Market Night, call-outs, other special events and regular patrols. Al Maxim has donated 648 volunteer hours since July 2008. Janice Maxim has donated 1,134 hours since March of 2008. Kathy Stoner has donated 1,311 hours since March of 2008.
CVP Perry Wahe was presented a Certificate of Appreciation. Wahe has been a CVP since March of 2010 and has volunteered 1,891 in that time. Wahe is the department’s sketch artist and also volunteers to do sketch artist work for surrounding agencies.
“His artistic abilities are second to none” Catren said. “Perry not only sketches the suspect’s face, but he adds full body features and clothing specifics. Perry also works all special events, patrols Market Night on a Segway, and responds to call-outs, which averages 50-85 hours per month.”