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Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.
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Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Officer Michael Short receives the 2018 Officer of the Year award during the 32nd Laguna Beach Police Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday at Seven-degrees. Short has had several positions in the department over the past 14 years, including the summer beach patrol team, records specialist, patrol officer, drone, social media and crime scene team member, and is now the department’s training officer, responsible for hiring, training and mentoring new recruits.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Kristen Berry receives the 2017 Professional Employee of the Year award during the 32nd Laguna Beach Police Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday. Berry is a support services supervisor who oversees dispatch, records, fleet maintenance and information technology and supervises 18 employees while also serving as court liaison and the department’s custodian of records.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Jordan Villwock receives the 2018 Professional Employee of the Year award during the 32nd Laguna Beach Police Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday. Villwock has designed and coordinated active shooter training, the city’s outdoor warning system and earned state and federal recognition for his designs of the city’s hazard mitigation and evacuation plans.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Cpl. David Gensemer receives the 2017 Officer of the Year award during the Laguna Beach Police 32nd Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday. Gensemer serves in the detective division of the major crimes investigations unit. 

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Jordan Villwock is congratulated by his family after receiving the 2018 Professional Employee of the Year award during the 32nd Laguna Beach Police Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Sgt. Eric Lee, center, receives a medal of merit from Chief Laura Farinella for service and his retirement during the 32nd Laguna Beach Police Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Cpl. Cornelius Ashton is congratulated by Chief Laura Farinella as he receives a medal of merit during the 32nd Laguna Beach Police Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Blue Flame recipient and retiree Captain Jason Kravitz stands next to his framed collection of badges, patches and ID cards he used over the years while serving with the LBPD during the 32nd Laguna Beach Police Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Cpl. Jason Ferris stands proud as he receives the Blue Flame “Excellence in Leadership” award during the 32nd Laguna Beach Police Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Laguna Beach police officers receive medals during the 32nd Laguna Beach Police Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
Laguna Beach PD Biennial Awards Banquet hosted by the exhange club.

Sgt. George Ramos, right, receives a medal of merit for service during the 32nd Laguna Beach Police Employee Recognition Ceremony presented by the Laguna Beach Exchange Club on Thursday.

 (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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