The Covina Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2013 Covina Police Officer and Civilian Employee of the Year.
(Detective Tony Zavala) (Records Clerk Alice Avalos)
Covina Police Officer Antonio (Tony) Zavala was hired by the Covina Police Department in June of 2001. Prior to joining the department Tony was an active United States Marine from November 1992 until March 2001, and continued serving our country as a Marine Corp Reserve from March 2001 until April 2004. Tony served two lengthy combat tours, the first in Columbia in 1998 for six months, and he was deployed to Iraq in February 2003 for eight months before returning to resume his police career. Tony began his career as a patrol officer was quickly recognized as a peer leader. In 2004 he became one of the department's Arrest and Control Instructors, a position he still holds. In 2005 Tony was selected to the Special Response Team (SRT), and currently maintains a position as one of two SRT Precision Rifle Snipers, a position that requires extensive training, excellent marksmanship, and critical decision making skills. In 2007 he became a Field Training Officer, teaching new officers all facets of patrol. In 2008 he was assigned to the Detective Bureau, initially investigating domestic violence cases; however, his talents as an investigator led to his assignment as a Crimes Persons Detective, where he investigates a range of crimes from simple battery to homicide. Tony is a tenacious investigator, and his investigative skills and teamwork have led to his receipt of two awards from the California Commision on Peace Officer Standards and Training for Investigative Excellence.
Covina Police Records Clerk Alice Avalos was hired by the Covina Police Department in July of 1985. Prior to joining the Covina Police Department, Alice was a Police Explorer for the Los Angeles Police Department. Alice was raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Lincoln High School. After high school Alice studied at Rio Hondo and Mt. San Antonio colleges, and worked for the Covina Valley Unified School District as an Instructional Aid in ESL classes, assisting students with the transition into regular classroom settings. Alice worked for the district for 35 years. In 1985 she competed for the Police Aide position at the Covina Police Department and finished as the #1 candidate, and has worked two jobs simultaneously for many years while raising her three children. The Police Aide position transitioned to the Records Clerk position she maintains, and she works various assignments within the division. Additionally Alice has assisted sworn police personnel during critical incidents and participated in a variety of City sponsored training.
Covina Officers Receive Recognition from MADD
Officer John Malinoski was among the individuals honored by MADD at the California Statewide Law Enforcement & Community Recognition Dinner - One Step at a Time, held on June 1, 2013 in Sacramento. The awards recognized those throughout the state who have gone beyond the call of duty to combat drunk driving, educate the public on the effects of this violent crime and who have done their part in maintaining safer roadways and communities.
"Officer John Malinoski from the Covina Police Department was awarded with the MADD California Hero Award because he has demonstrated his passion for combating DUI offenses for the last nine years. This passion led to his assignment to the Traffic Unit where he quickly excelled at checkpoint operations and roving patrol deployments targeting DUI drivers. Officer Malinoski used this passion and his prior business management abilities to successfully acquire OTS grant funding for these special enforcement operations for several years. These grant awards have allowed the Covina Police and other San Gabriel Valley Law Enforcement agencies to deploy into the streets and combat DUI offenses", said Covina Police Chief Kim Raney [Full Press Release]
Covina Police Officers Jordan Corder and Joshua Turner were recognized on March 21, 2013 at a Southern California presentation by the California Office of Traffic Safety and Mother's Against Drunk Driving. The officers were honored for their outstanding contribution in arrests to help stop drunk driving. Officer Corder made thirty-one DUI arrests and Officer Turner twenty-five for the 2012 calendar year. Officer Corder was also recognized this week at our City Council Meeting by the California Highway Patrol and the Automobile Club of Southern California for his outstanding efforts in combatting vehicle thefts. The Covina Police Department is proud of Officers Corder and Turner for their excellent work.
Chief Raney President of California Chief's Association
Covina Police Chief Kim J. Raney was installed as President of the California Police Chief's Association for a one-year term on February 27, 2013 at its 36th Annual Training Symposium in Palm Springs. Chief Raney brings a wealth of professional experience to the position of President, having served for 36 years with the Covina Police Department, the last 12 as Chief. "I am honored to lead the California Police Chief's Association this next year and look forward to working with my colleagues as we tackle the critical funding and legislative issues we face that impact the safety of the citizens of California", said Chief Raney.
In 2010, Chief Raney represented the association in its endeavor to defeat Proposition 19, the ballot initiative to decriminalize marijuana in California. In support of Cal Chief's position, he served as the "No on Proposition 19" spokesperson, engaging state and national news media outlets as conduits, and appeared in several broadcasted debates and interviews. Chief Raney's leadership combined with Cal Chief's unwavering support resulted in the ballot initiative being defeated with a 54% "No" vote on the measure.
Throughout his distinguished career, Chief Raney has been active in fostering a safer community by forging strong relationships and working collaboratively with polictical leadership, the business community, educational leaders, and neighborhood stakeholders. He has invested countless hours in the development and management of community based youth intervention programs. Chief Raney was recently selected to serve on the Executive Steering Committee at Stanford University's Criminal Justice Center to study the impact of Realignment in California and identify policy and legislative recommendations.
Chief Raney holds a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and is a graduate of the FBI Southwest Command College and USC's School of Policy, Planning and Development.
Collectively, these achievements and experiences make Chief Raney well suited to lead the California Police Chief's Association during a challenging year for public safety departments and local government, as the impacts of Realignment of the responsibilities of incarceration, oversight and release of offenders from state to counties is felt. "The focus of our Association's efforts will revolve around key legislative issues and the protection of essential public safety services", said Chief Raney.
The California Police Chief's Association represents the state's municipal Police Chiefs whose agencies protect over 78 percent of the citizens of California.