SMPD Takes on Bold New Look
Starting May 1, the officers and dispatchers from the Sierra Madre Police Department (SMPD) were sporting a new look with redesigned badges and patches. “This will be the new fresh look as we continue to rebuild the police department and add new officers and dispatchers to the SMPD family, Chief Larry Giannone said in a Facebook post.
“We want to thank the community for your support while we transitioned from some tough times to a newer, brighter department. Very soon you will see some new faces out in the community. Recruitment is going well and we are focused with embedding the officers, both new and old back into the community so we may continue to provide the high level service that not only keeps our small town safe, but allows the citizens to know their police department and for the police department to know the members of our community,” said SMPD Chief Giannone.
The recruiting process is going “very well,” according to Giannone, “We have three new officers graduating from the police academy on Wednesday, May 4. Once they are done with the orientation phase, they will start their field training at the end of May or first week of June. Additionally we have two more officers in backgrounds and are looking at sending two more officers to the police academy in July. In addition we just promoted one of our officers to sergeant, opening up a potential spot for another anxious recruit. For the first time in years, with the hard work of Lieutenant Donna Cayson who is assigned to the recruiting process, we actually have a fairly long list of potential employees that we can hire,” Giannone told Sierra Madre Weekly.
While the department has been under considerable fire from many directions due to the mass exodus and the perceived take-over by LASD, Giannone maintains confidence the department will be up and running by September, “Providing the background checks and other procedural requirements go well were are hoping to be back up to full staff by the end of the year. We will however be able to start patrolling the community again full time by September, providing everything goes well with the hiring and training process.
Regarding the new badges [some questions arose about the building on the badge] the building matches our patches, which is the old city hall. This fresh look and fresh start has reinvigorated our officers and everyone is excited about rebuilding the department, training the new officers, and getting them back into the community as soon as possible,” Gianonne stressed.
In conclusion the chief said, “We have great community support, continued support from our city councilmembers, and the city staff has been wonderful helping us get through the past several months. We are excited about the future and know that the community is excited to get us back as well.”