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Bi-monthly Newsletter No. 35 September/October 2009
The 2009 Jack Webb Awards
By Glynn Martin
| Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Police
Department commemorated its 140th year of
service to the citizens of this great city. Throughout
this historic time, both the Department and the Los
Angeles Police Historical Society have endeavored
to highlight the history that has been compiled by
many hard-working men and women. The stories
have been shared in classrooms, board rooms and
over the phone lines. Some are widely known,
others are not so familiar. Whatever the case, it has
been a time to celebrate 14 decades of
On September 12, the Historical Society took
some time to honor a number of people who have
supported the Department and the Historical
Society by presenting each with a Jack Webb
Award. It was the sixteenth time the Historical
Society has hosted this wonderful event.
Bestselling author James Ellroy once again stood at
the front of the Sheraton Universal’s grand
ballroom, eloquently handling his emcee duties.
For 2009, the Historical Society was privileged
to honor Margot Armbruster, retired Chief Daryl
Gates, Father Michael McCullough and the writers
and creators of Police Story. All of the honorees are
known for their deep community involvement, and
in particular their sustaining support of the Los
Angeles Police Department.
First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell presented
the Jack Webb Award to Margot Armbruster who is
known as a dedicated community leader. Besides
supporting the Historical Society, Margot devotes a
considerable amount of her time to the boards of
the Police Foundation and the Police Memorial
Foundation. Her involvement in these causes and
their projects has made the LAPD a better place. Margot’s concerns also involve some other
important interests. Margot is actively involved with
the board of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo
Association, and is a Trustee of Saint John’s Health
Center in Santa Monica. Hers is a life of great
involvement and great achievement. For that the
Historical Society proudly presented Margot
Armbruster with a Jack Webb Award.
Certainly 140 years of police service is a
source of pride for the LAPD as a whole. Sixty years
of association with the LAPD is also a notable
accomplishment. This achievement was realized by
retired Chief Daryl Gates recently. His active service
stretched through 43 years, and for the last 17 he has been involved in many other projects to support
the Department. Chief Gates remains a prominent
figure in law enforcement circles throughout the
country, enjoying a reputation for leadership and
innovation. Chief Gates championed the SWAT
concept and pioneered the DARE program. His
successful policing model for the 1984 Olympics
safeguarded the citizens of LA, as well as
international visitors and athletes. His term as Chief
of Police has only been exceeded by one other
man, his mentor, Chief William H.
Parker. Chief Gates’ contribution to law
enforcement has been remarkable. A
roll call of former SWAT officers stood
in support of Chief Gates while retired
SWAT Sergeant Ron McCarthy
presented the 2009 Jack Webb Award.
|Father Mike receiving his Jack Webb award
from Chief Dan Watson.
|Margot Armbruster celebrates her Jack Webb Award with Chief Bratton and his talented wife, Rikki Klieman.
|Shortly before Chief Gates took
office, Michael P. McCullough joined
the LAPD ranks as a chaplain. “Father
Mike” as he is more widely known has
been ministering to Los Angeles police
officers for more than thirty years.
Father Mike was the first priest to
graduate from the Reserve academy,
and an integral part of the Crisis
Through this role and his
association with the FBI, Father Mike has
ministered to those in need at countless incidents
including airliner crashes, line of duty deaths, and
the tragic events of 9-11. Father Mike’s peers
honored his achievements in 1998 when he
received the International Conference of Police
Chaplains highest honor, the John A. Price award.
Closer to home, Father Mike established and
administers the Desert Refuge for Peace Officers, a
non-profit ecumenical retreat facility in Joshua Tree.
This worthy and noble undertaking allows police
and veterans’ families to maintain their spiritual
health. The sum of these contributions to the law
enforcement profession is truly notable. South
Pasadena Chief of Police (and retired LAPD
Commander) Dan Watson presented the Jack
Webb Award to Father Mike.
The final presentation was made to a group of
people responsible for an innovative 1970s crime
drama. Police Story was conceived by bestselling
author and former sergeant, Joseph Wambaugh.
David Gerber brought the great stories of the LAPD
to the TV screen. Many of the biggest stars of the
day played roles in the various Police Story
episodes. More notable was the behind-the-scenes
participation of LAPD personnel such as Deputy
Chief Stephen Downing, Joe Gunn and Richard
Kalk. This emmywinning
the way for such
successful series as
Hill Street Blues, NYPD
Blue and Homicide:
Life on the Streets.
Police Story’s depictions
of LAPD life
helped advance an
understanding of the
challenges faced by
LAPD officers, and
greatly publicized the
D e p a r t m e n t ’ s
pioneering spirit. In
addition to the involved
LAPD personnel, 2009 Jack Webb awards were
presented to Police Story producers and writers
Stan Kallis, Bob Collins and Jerry Ludwig. Each
received the Jack Webb from one of the Historical
Society’s great supporters, Chief William Bratton.
The Historical Society is always pleased to
recognize those who support the front-line of public
safety. It takes many people to ensure the success
of the event, and this year we owe a great deal of
thanks to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his
remarks, James Ellroy for his unparalleled skills as
an emcee, the LAPD Color Guard, Sky Green,
Chaplain Frank Hicks, Bert and Jane Boeckmann,
LAPM Chairman Greg Meyer and the ceremony’s
co-chairs Jay Grodin and Danny Staggs. Our
thanks also go out to those who supported the
event through their attendance.
at Old Number 11
By: Glynn Martin
The cover story of this publication tells of the
Historical Society’s efforts to honor those who
have distinguished themselves through a
sustaining commitment to law enforcement. A
beautiful acrylic rendition of city hall with
representations of LAPD’s six badges embedded
is presented to each one. It is truly an honor to
present these awards in the name of Jack Webb.
It was also an honor to be involved in the much
grander recognition of Jack Webb when the
commemorative stamp bearing his likeness was
revealed on August 11th at the Police Academy.
The “First Day of Issue” ceremony was an
overwhelming success, and it was the first
in a series of special events the Historical
Society had on its recent schedule.
Photos of the many activities are featured
throughout this newsletter.
In the days following the Jack Webb
Awards, an LAPM contingent, along with
retired Chief Daryl Gates travelled to San
Diego to receive an award from the San
Diego Police Historical Association. Last
year, our counterparts in San Diego
opened their own police museum.
Throughout their existence, LAPM has
lent a hand with the various phases and
facets of the San Diego development.
LAPM was recognized for the services
rendered to the San Diego Police
Not long after the LAPM crew returned from
San Diego, representatives of LA County law
enforcement and public safety stopped by the
museum. The Peace Officers Association of Los
Angeles County held their regularly scheduled
meeting amidst the second floor exhibits. District
Attorney Steve Cooley presided over the meeting,
and LAPD was ably represented by Assistant
Chief Sharon Papa. Key representatives from a
number of law enforcement agencies and the
private sector were allowed to experience the
museum once the meeting concluded.
|Chairman Greg Meyer, Joseph Wambaugh, retired Chief Daryl Gates, Keith Bushey and Richard Kalk accepted an award from the San Diego Police Historical Association on behalf of LAPM.
|On October 2nd, the Historical Society
participated in the Motor Officer Centennial at the
Elysian Park Academy. One of the museum’s
motorcycles was rolled out for display at the
event. Plenty of photographs were provided to
support the event, and Historical Society staff and
volunteers staffed a booth at the event. An
impressive amount of motor officers participated,
including the Department’s highest ranking motor
officer, LAPM Director and Deputy Chief Terry
Hara. This was truly a once in a century gathering.
Only days later, it was an impressive amount
of vintage police vehicles that assembled for
another interesting occasion. October 4 is 10-4
day, which means a parade through Hollywood.
Organized and presented annually by Councilman
Tom LaBonge, 10-4 day honors law enforcement,
with a focus on the California Highway Patrol.
Shotgun Tom Kelly served as the master of
ceremonies, and a presentation was made to the
11-99 foundation of the CHP. Councilman
LaBonge also presented the Historical Society
with a resolution honoring the storied history of the LAPD. The parade began at Fire Station 27 and
featured a code-3 run to Broderick Crawford’s star
adjacent to the Chinese Theatre. Plenty of vintage
LAPD cruisers were photographed during the visit
to the walk of fame.
Even though these interesting events have
kept the Historical Society busy, there are still
some more to come. The evening of October 14
features the unveiling of the new Police Memorial
at the new police administration building. Ten days
later, the building itself will be publicly unveiled.
Then, on the 19th of November, a ceremony
honoring Commander Paul Gillen, who was killed
in a line-of-duty helicopter crash in 1974, will be
held at the monument. After the activities at the
new monument conclude, Commander Gillen’s photograph will be hung in the new offices of
special operations bureau, as a lasting tribute to
his LAPD service and sacrifice.
Sadly the loss of Commander Gillen is not the
only one that has impacted the Historical Society
lately. Another important member of the extended
LAPD family passed away recently. Marguerite
Justice, a former Police Commissioner, and avid
LAPM supporter, died on September 17th. At her
memorial service, she was remembered by First
Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell, retired Chief and
Councilman Bernard Parks. Retired Chief Daryl
Gates served as an honorary pallbearer. “Mama
J’s” service to the commission was truly historic.
Our memories will include the smile and grace
reflected in the photo of Mama J above.