Thursday night March 3 citizens and city officials at the Escondido Charter High School Theater awarded many officers from the year 2015 for their work and commitment to the Escondido Police Department.
Master of Ceremonies Police Chief Craig Carter told the Times-Advocate that officers who don’t commit one hundred percent to the community don’t belong in the department.
He added that only 3% of cadets graduate from the police academy. He also mentioned that for every five officers who retire every year another five will sign up to join the force.
Cadet of the Year Kendall Nouzovsky told me that it was a ride along that convinced her to join the force. Nouzovsky said the first year of the academy in February of 2012 “scared the hell” out of her, but since then she has excelled in the department. She hopes one day to become a patrol officer.
Officer Lee Stewart was motivated to join the force in Jan 2010 at the age of 22 because of his father’s dedication in working as a San Diego Sheriff’s deputy. He said since he was a teen he wanted to be in law enforcement.
His role in the department includes being in charge of the Business Complains Division and a member of the Hostage/Negotiations unit. While keeping an open mind on where he wants to eventually be in the department, Stewart says he wants to train in the Investigations and Canine Units.
Among the other departments mentioned during the ceremony was the Communications Center, which contains Escondido’s 911 Dispatch Center, which was recognized for over 200,000 calls last year alone. Volunteer Police Officer of the Year Lance Titus also won an award for his 3 and half years of service. As well as citizen Sean Caole for assisting police last year saving the life of a young girl. For the full list of awards visit: www.times-advocate.com/