2018 Department Employees of the Year:

Medal of Valor:  Awarded to employees of the Department who, while acting in an official capacity, distinguish themselves conspicuously by heroic action beyond the call of duty, in an extremely dangerous setting where a strong possibility existed, they could have suffered serious injury or death.

            Officer Michael Bischel

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. 

            Officer Bryn Fedderson

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 Jesse Hart

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.

            Police Services Specialist Roxane Beaudry

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 Scott Marsh

            Communications Supervisor Lauren Smith

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 Trent Tunstall

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.

            Captain Brian Seitz

            Technical Reserve Howard Sharpe

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 Grant Hasselbach

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.


Air Support Unit – Sr. Helicopter Maintenance Technicians Mike Cavanaugh and Glen Erickson, Pilot Tyler Hanson, Pilot Mike Lyons, Pilot Rick McNaughton, Lieutenant Chris Nesmith, Pilot Jack Paholski, Pilot Nick Vella, Pilot Mark Wersching

SWAT Dispatchers – Communications Supervisors Lauren Smith and Bianka Spruill, Communication Operator Krista Vetter

Crimes against Persons Unit – Detective Sean Biggio, Detective Jason Burton, CSO Lydia Chasse, Detective Richard Chen, Detective Pat Ellis, Sergeant Aaron Garrido, Terry George, CSO Marion Loney, Detective Anthony Pham, Sergeant Dan Quidort, Detective Trent Tunstall, Detective Steve Wickser


Employee awards presented throughout 2018

MADD Awards

            Deuce Award

            Sergeant Roman Altenbach             42 arrests

            Officer Grant Hasselbach                39 arrests

            Century Award

            Officer Tai Huynh                             155 arrests

            Officer Doug Demetre                      137 arrests


2018 Employees of the Month

January          Courtney Urbany

February        Shawn White

April                Tom Gutierrez

May                 Brad Smith

October          Michelle Fiore

November      Dave Dereszynski, Roberto Diaz, Kevin Heusser, Ian MacLeith, Rafael Mena, Victor Ojeda, Christina Tolmasoff

December      Patrick Ellis and Don Howell


HB Masonic Lodge Officer of the Year

                        Officer Robert Frahm


Mayors’ Award

                        Sergeant Chris Nesmith

Did you know?

Since its inception in 2016, the Homeless Task Force has had more than 1,600 occasions to assist individuals with housing referrals, mental and physical health referrals, bus passes, DMV forms, gas cards, food, mailing addresses, and family reunifications

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