Oceanside CA—The 14th annual Oceanside Police Department Member Recognition Luncheon took place January 31, 2018 at the QLN Conference Center. Each year, the department recognizes outstanding achievements and heroic acts by staff, volunteers and community members.
“2017 has been quite a year,” said Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy. “I not only speak for myself but for the rest of the management team on how blessed we are to have such great employees in our police department. Our civilian staff, our sworn staff and our volunteer staff, you are just awesome.” continued the Chief, “We ended 2017 with a 4.5% decrease in crime. Again, it’s a testament to the hard work you do on a daily basis. This is the second year in a row we have seen a reduction in crime.”
This year, special recognition was given to former Oceanside Mayor, Jim Wood for his decades of service to the community not only as mayor but his years on the Oceanside Police Department. The occasion was made even more special as the former mayor was celebrating his 70th birthday.
“I can’t think of anyone who has given more to our community than former Mayor Wood,” said OPD Chief Frank McCoy. Not only the service he has provided to the community but the support he has shown for public safety. It’s nice having somebody that understands the value of public safety in our community.”
OFD Chief, Richard Robinson told the former mayor “I know your heart is with law enforcement but your dreams are with the fire department.” He then presented a bobble head likeness of the former mayor to “help keep the dream alive.”
Police and Fire Commissioner, Gwen Sanders also received special recognition “Gwen Sanders is involved in numerous activities in the community but more specifically, I want to point out is her work on the Police and Fire Commissioner,” continued Chief McCoy, “More importantly, she participates on numerous promotion boards for us. She is at every ceremony that we have at the police department. She is a staple in our community and our police department and we can’t thank her enough for her service.”
On the following pages are the Award recipients along with excerpts from their letters of commendation.