3 Police Lieutenants Honored by Chief

The San Fernando Police Department will honor its three lieutenants as "Officers of the Quarter" today at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Odyssey restaurant in Granada Hills.

Chief Dominick Rivetti chose Lts. Robert Ordelheide, Rico Castro and Dan Peavy for acknowledgment.

"In all the years we've been doing 'Officers of the Quarter,' we've never acknowledged the three lieutenants," Rivetti said.

Ordelheide, 37, is in charge of detectives. Rivetti noted the recent capture of a suspected car thief who allegedly stole up to four autos daily in San Fernando as a contribution of Ordelheide and his force.

Castro, 45, is in charge of support services at the department, which includes dispatch and record keeping. Rivetti cited Castro's work in updating the computers that hold department records as a recent contribution.

Peavy, 48, is in charge of patrol at the department.

"We haven't had one lawsuit for excessive force or inappropriate behavior of an officer for the past 10 years," Rivetti said of Peavy's contribution.

The San Fernando Police Advisory Council, citizens and businesses that support the police with gifts of equipment, will host today's luncheon, which will benefit the department.

Melinda Hearne, a consultant to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau who operates a dog team trained to track individuals by scent, will speak on the use of bloodhounds in the gathering of "scent evidence," which can be used to catch and convict criminals, she said.

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at the restaurant--located at 15600 Odyssey Drive in Granada Hills--immediately before the event.

For more information, call (818) 898-1250.

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