Retirement Announcements

Sergeant Gilbert Toledo

Sergeant Gilbert Toledo grew up in East Los Angeles and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1977 with honors.  Gil obtained an Associated Arts degree from Cerritos College and later received his Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University Long Beach.

He attended the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy in Los Angeles and after graduation in 1984 he worked as a patrol officer until 1987.  Because of Gil’s strong work ethic and uncanny street smarts, he was transferred to the Department’s Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) and worked on special assignments, background investigations, municipal issues, and burglary suppression. 

Recognized for his good work, in 1988, Gilbert was transferred to Narcotics.  Over a 12-year span, Gilbert worked in the Downey Police Narcotics Unit, the F.B.I. task force, Southwest Border, L.A. Impact Region 3 Task Force, and the COIN Team.  He also promoted to the rank of Corporal during this period of his career. 

Gil’s investigative and interview skills are truly unmatched. He has been awarded Los Angeles County Region Three Investigator of the Year, and has been recognized nationally by the FBI and DEA.  He has also received two Downey Police Department Distinguished Service Awards for investigations he led in 1993 and 2000.

After 12 years of working in the world on narcotics, Gil was transferred to Homicide, where he worked and solved crimes until 2004.  In February of 2004, Gil was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and transferred to patrol to serve as a watch sergeant.  Gil excelled in this assignment and his reputation for excellence earned him instant respect from both seasoned veterans and rookies. In February of 2006, Gil returned to the Special Investigations Section, where he supervised the Narcotics and Gang units, respectively.

In 2011, Gil returned to L.A. Impact in a supervisory capacity overseeing a regional narcotics task force.  He did an exceptional job and has been commended by all those who have worked with him.

Gil will be missed and the Downey Police Department thanks him for his tireless work ethic and dedication to the police department, City of Downey, and the residents he so proudly served for 30 years.  

 
 

Corporal Rod McNeil

Rod McNeill joined the Downey Police Department in 1983 as a Police Officer Recruit and upon graduation from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy in January of 1984; Rod was assigned to Field Operations as a Patrol Officer.  Rod worked as a Patrol Officer until 1991 when he both promoted to the rank of Corporal and was assigned to the Administrative Division working as part of the Department’s Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.).  During his time in S.E.T., Rod was instrumental in the growth of the Downey Police Department since the primary duty of S.E.T. is the recruitment and background investigations for new employees within the Police Department. After spending 5 years in S.E.T., Rod returned back to Field Operations as a Patrol Officer; however, in 1997 Rod was re-assigned within Field Operations to the Motor Detail where Rod’s primary focus was to reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions within the City.  Rod spent 16 years in the Motor Detail and after 29 years of loyal and dedicated service to the City of Downey, Rod completed his career and retired from the Downey Police Department in December of 2013. 

The Downey Police Department wishes to express its gratitude to Rod for his many years of service and wishes both him and his wife, Ruth, a very happy and joyful retirement.

 
 

Lieutenant Ron Olson

Ron found a home at the Downey Police Department in October of 1985 after two years with the Vernon Police Department.  As an officer, Ron earned the distinguished title of Training Officer and also became an expert in accident investigation while working as one of the Department’s Accident Investigators.  Ron was a Narcotics Detective for about a year before promoting to the rank of Sergeant in 1994. 

As a first line supervisor, Ron established a reputation of “getting the job done” and therefore held supervisory assignments in Patrol, Special Operations, and Professional Standards. 

Ron was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006 and up until his retirement he was assigned to the Administration Division where he oversaw the Special Enforcement Team, Code Enforcement, Use of Force Instructors, Explorers, Firearms Range Training, and various other collateral assignments.   

Congratulations on a wonderful career Ron!

 

 

Chief Rick Esteves

Chief Esteves began his career with the Downey Police Department in 1984.  As a police officer, he became an expert in traffic collision investigation and reconstruction.  His expertise in this area led him to become a police motorcycle officer, an assignment he worked for almost 10 years. 

He was promoted to Corporal in 1994, Sergeant in 1997 and Lieutenant in 1999, where he worked as one of the Patrol Watch Commanders before transferring to the Administrative Division Department, overseeing recruitment, training, and Code Enforcement.  

In 2005, he was promoted to Captain.  He is a natural leader and is known throughout the Department for promoting a great workplace atmosphere because of his genuine sense of dedication and service.

Chief Esteves was sworn in as Downey’s ninth Chief of Police on December 1, 2009.  He was proud to have served the City of Downey and the Downey Police Department for the last three years.  He is confident that as the department goes forward, it will continue the rich tradition of providing outstanding law enforcement services, while treating members of the public with the utmost dignity and respect.

Congratulations on 28 wonderful years of law enforcement Chief Esteves, you will be missed!

 

 

Captain Jim Heckel

Jim started his career with the Downey Police Department in 1984.  In his career Jim has worked a variety of assignments in all three divisions.  As an officer, he worked Patrol, Special Enforcement Team, and DARE Officer.  As a sergeant he was assigned as a Patrol Supervisor, Administrative Sergeant, Detective Sergeant in charge of Crimes Against Persons, and Gang Unit Supervisor. 

In January 2000, Jim was promoted to lieutenant and was assigned to Patrol as a Watch Commander.  Eighteen months later, Jim was transferred to the Detective Division where he oversaw Investigations.  In November 2005, Jim became the lieutenant in charge of Professional Standards overseeing personnel complaint investigations, department training, and technology advancements. 

In May 2010, Jim was promoted to captain.  As a captain, Jim commanded both the Field Operations Division and the Investigative Division.  Jim also took charge of the Department on occasion when the Chief of Police was away from the Department. 

During his career Jim has continuously sought to increase his formal education.  In 1987 he was awarded his Associate in Arts degree from Fullerton College.  He next attended California State University Fullerton where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1993.  Jim continued his education at California State University, Long Beach, where, in 1997, he was awarded his Master of Public Administration.  During his Masters studies, Jim also attended the California POST Supervisory Leadership Institute, completing the program in 1995.

Thank you Jim for your 28 years of service, you will be missed!



Lieutenant Randy Wells

Randy grew up in the city of Downey and graduated from Downey High School in 1973.   In 1977, Randy began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department where he worked for two years until he transferred to the Downey Police Department in 1979.

Randy was a canine handler for nine years at Downey PD and then went on to become a Gang Detective where he worked for three years.   In 1994, Randy was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.   As a sergeant, Randy supervised patrol operations as well as the Gang Unit and the Narcotics Unit.

In his time as a sergeant, Randy has also supervised the Neighborhood Preservation Program, the Special Response Team, the Field Training Officer Program, and was involved in the GOOD Program when he was assigned to the Gang Unit.

On 2009, Randy was promoted to Lieutenant and served as a patrol watch commander until his retirement.  As a Lieutenant, Randy also managed the Special Response Team, the Driver’s Training Program and the Field Training Officer Program.

Congratulations on 35 years of law enforcement Randy, you will be missed!



Lieutenant Phil Rego

Phil began his career in law enforcement 32 years ago as a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  After serving for two years, Phil was hired as a Downey Police Officer, where he has remained for the past 29 years. 

During his career, Phil has supervised all three divisions within the Department…Patrol, Detectives, and Administration.  Phil’s hard work, leadership, and ability to work with and teach others have helped him achieve the rank of Lieutenant.  Phil ended his career as the Detective Bureau Lieutenant, overseeing the Investigations Division.

For years, Phil was responsible for one of the Department’s most important collateral assignments, the Field Training Officer Program.  Phil took great pride in this assignment and dedicated a great deal of his time to ensure that every new officer joining the ranks of the Downey Police Department received top-notch field training. In his last assignment, Phil continued to dedicate himself to training by ensuring detectives were highly trained in tactical operations for their safety and the safety of our community.       

Over the years, Phil has competed in the Police Olympics and has earned a Gold and two Bronze medals by participating on the Department’s softball team.  Phil also quarterbacked the Police Department’s football team in past “Battle of the Badges” charity football games. Phil has also received the Department’s Distinguished Service Award for saving a 9-month-old child from a near drowning.

Congratulations on 32 wonderful years of law enforcement Phil. You will be missed.



Sergeant Randy Patrick

Sergeant Randy Patrick was born and raised in San Jose, CA.  At 17 years of age, his family moved to Irvine, CA.  Randy graduated from University High School in Irvine and then enrolled at Saddleback Community College in South Orange where he earned his Associate Arts Degree in Administration of Justice.  He was then hired by the Vernon Police Department and attended the Goldenwest Community College Police Academy graduating in the top 10 percent of his class.  Randy started his police career on the streets of Vernon.  In 1986, Randy applied to the Downey Police Department and was hired as a patrol officer.

Randy worked in Patrol until 1989, and then transferred to the Department’s newly formed “Gang Detail” where he educated the community on gang-related crimes.  After several years as a gang investigator, Randy returned to Field Operations as an active field training officer, training many of Downey’s newly graduated cadets.  Shortly after, Randy promoted to the rank of Corporal.

In 1998, Randy transferred to the Investigations Division and was assigned as a burglary detective.  In June of 1999, Randy was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was re-assigned to Patrol.

In 2001, Randy served as Administrative Sergeant and supervised the Special Enforcement Team and the Department’s recruitment and hiring efforts.  More specifically, he ensured that every employee hired by the Department went through a comprehensive background investigation.  His efforts and diligence in this area made certain that the Department continued to hire the most qualified professionals. 

In 2005, Randy transferred back to Field operations where he is currently assigned as a field sergeant.  As a collateral assignment, Randy supervised the Department’s Range Staff.  His expertise and leadership is appreciated by all Department personnel who depend on this training to protect themselves and the community they serve.

Randy was truly a dedicated member of the Department.  His commitment to excellence is evident, and the Department and community are better places because of his efforts. 

Thank you for your years of service Randy, you will be missed!



Secretary to the Chief of Police Patti Wild

Patti Wild started her service with the City of Downey in 1988 as a secretary in the Community Service division.  In 2000, Patti joined the police department as the Executive Secretary to the Chief of Police.  As the Executive Secretary to the Chief of Police, Patti performed a wide variety of tasks and oftentimes received highly confidential information that requires sound judgment and integrity in processing.  Patti was always able to tackle her assignments with the highest level of sensitivity and tact, and always had a tremendous understanding of the policies, functions, programs, and services of the police department.

During Patti’s tenure she worked under Chief John Finch, Chief Roy Campos and Chief Rick Esteves. 

Patti has been an outstanding member of the Downey Police Department for the past 12 years, and has made countless contributions for the betterment of the organization and the City of Downey.  Her professionalism, experience, and friendship will not be forgotten.

The men and women of the Downey Police Department wish Patti the best in her retirement.  You will be missed.



Records Supervisor Marilynn Hughes

Marilynn Hughes has been a prominent fixture at the Downey Police Department for the past 17 years.  Marilynn joined the Department as a Records Specialist in 1995.  In 2005, Marilynn became the supervisor of the Records Bureau, a position she held until her retirement in 2012. 

As the Records Supervisor, Marilynn organized and supervised police records operations and ensured compliance with the requirements of the Security and Privacy Act.  The Records Bureau is a busy unit, processing on average over 4,500 adult and juvenile arrests, checking for warrants and preparing court documentation.  The Records Bureau also on average annually processes 13,000 + reports, coding and compiling the statistics required by State and Federal government.  These statistical reports are the main vehicle by which the City receives Federal and State funding for its operation.

Marilynn has been an outstanding member of the Downey Police Department and has made countless contributions for the betterment of the organization and the City of Downey. Her professionalism, experience, and friendship will not be forgotten.

Congratulations on 17 wonderful years Marilynn, you will be missed.



Sergeant Dan Murray

Sergeant Dan Murray graduated from Lakewood High School in 1977 and soon after joined the United States Army.  Dan completed basic and Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.   During his tour of duty, he also spent 16 months at Fort Carson, Colorado, and 16 months at Wiesbaden Air Base in Wiesbaden, Germany. 

Dan obtained the rank of Sergeant before ending his term of service.   

Dan was hired by the Downey Police Department in 1982 and graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy.  During his 29 years of service, Dan garnered a reputation for his tactical expertise and held numerous specialized assignments including:

  •  Patrol Officer
  •  Motorcycle Officer
  •  Gang Unit Detective

In 1991, Dan was promoted to the rank of Corporal.  As a Corporal, Dan led our Crime Impact Team and later became our Department Training Coordinator.  

In 2000, Dan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  As a Sergeant, Dan has supervised:

  •  Patrol officers in our Field Operations Division
  •  Recruitment and hiring in our Administrative Division
  •  (Most recently), All traffic related functions including our Motorcycle Squad, Traffic Detective, Police Aides, and Police    Assistants in our Special Operations Section

Dan’s hobbies include camping, fishing, golf and woodworking. 
 
Dan has been an outstanding member of the Downey Police Department for the past 29 years, and has made countless contributions for the betterment of the organization and the City of Downey.  His professionalism, experience, leadership, and friendship will not be forgotten.

The men and women of the Downey Police Department wish Dan and his wife Leslie, a Lieutenant with our Police Department, along with their four children, the best in his retirement. Congratulations on 29 great years of Law Enforcement Dan. You will be missed. 



Detective Paul Koppes

Paul grew up in the City of Lakewood and attended St. John Bosco High School where he ran track and cross country. In 1979, he began his career in law enforcement with the City of Vernon where he worked as a Patrol Officer for seven years and also was assigned as the Court Liaison.  In May, 1986, he came to Downey PD where he was assigned to the Patrol Division.  Paul quickly became a leader among his peers and developed a reputation as a hard worker and an excellent partner.

From 1989 to 1994 Paul worked as a member of both the Special Enforcement and Gang Enforcement Teams.  Paul was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1991.  He returned to the Patrol Division in 1994, where he worked for the following six years.  Paul’s experience and expertise made him an overwhelming selection to return to the Detective Bureau as an investigator in 2000. Over the next 11 years, Paul had several assignments in the DB including Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence, Juvenile, and finally the Vehicle Theft/Burglary desk.

Throughout Paul’s career he has held many collateral assignments including School Resource Officer, Range Master, Field Training Officer, and Training Coordinator. He also completed an assignment as an instructor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy as well as teaching law enforcement courses at El Camino Community College.

Paul enjoys many outdoor activities, including hiking, bicycling and snow skiing.  He is also an avid runner and has participated on the Department's Baker to Vegas Relay Team, which amounts to running an average of six miles, usually uphill in the desert heat!  He is also an avid reader and war historian.

Paul has been an outstanding member of the Downey Police Department for the past 25 years, and has made countless contributions for the betterment of the organization and the City of Downey.  His professionalism, experience, and friendship will not be forgotten.

The men and women of the Downey Police Department wish Paul and his wife of 28 years, Rita, along with their five children, the best in his retirement. Congratulations on 32 wonderful years of Law Enforcement Paul. You will be missed.
 
Corporal Chris Hansen

Chris began his law enforcement career with the Downey Police Department in September of 1987. Prior to that, he was a Police Officer with the City of Vernon from 1984 to 1987.

Chris worked several assignments during his career and has assumed a variety of collateral duties.  He was selected as a Field Training Officer (FTO) in 1988 and trained numerous officers through the years.  Chris also worked as a detective for over half of his career. His assignments within the Detective Bureau included gangs, narcotics, auto theft, and financial crimes. As an auto theft Detective Chris was assigned to “TRAP” (Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention),  where he supervised his team's investigations of major auto theft rings.  As a Detective, Chris was involved in hundreds of successful undercover operations and criminal surveillances. It was in these assignments that Chris developed a reputation for being a tenacious investigator. Chris was promoted to the rank of Corporal in October of 2000.

Chris was a very dedicated and well respected employee. This is evident in the fact that he did not use a single sick day during the last 15 years of his career. He also served on the Downey Police Officers Association Board of Directors as Treasurer for the past 13 years. He was an effective leader and advocate for the members of the association and he took great pride in being part of the decision making process in regards to association matters.

During his final year at the Downey Police Department, Chris elected to return to the Field Operations Division as a Corporal and Field Training Officer.  This provided him the perfect opportunity to work with the younger officers on the department and pass along his invaluable experience and expertise. In 2011 Chris was selected by Downey Masonic Lodge #220 as its Officer of the year.

Chris has been married to his wife Sheri for 32 years. They have two children, Logan (29) and Melody (27). He and Sheri also have two wonderful grandchildren. Chris graduated from St. John Bosco High School and has a Bachelor degree from Cal State University Long Beach.

Chris has been a valued member of the Downey Police Department for the past 24 years and has made countless contributions for the betterment of the organization and the City of Downey. His professionalism, experience, and friendship will not be forgotten. Though Chris will be missed in his retirement, he can take pride in the fact that his efforts have had a positive impact on both his peers and the citizens of Downey.

Congratulations on 27 wonderful years of service Chris.  You will be missed.

 
Code Enforcement Supervisor Joe Eggert

Joe Eggert has been a prominent fixture at the Downey Police Department since 1971.  Joe worked as a Police Officer from 1971 to 1995. For 8 ½ of those years, Joe was a motorcycle officer working traffic enforcement.  Joe was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1990 and worked in that capacity until his retirement in 1995.  Joe then became the supervising officer of Code Enforcement where he was assigned until his retirement in June 2011.

Prior to his employment with the City of Downey, Joe served in the US Army from 1969-1971, serving in Vietnam from 1970-1971.  Joe is a 12-year alumnus of  the Downey Unified School system and a graduate of Warren High School.  Joe has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands and has been able to apply this education to his 22 years of rental property ownership and management.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys physical fitness, motorcycle riding, sporting clay shooting, wood and metal working, history,  politics, and traveling...Joe has been on not one, but two, African Safaris.

Joe has two daughters, Julie and Nicole, both of whom worked for the Police Department as Police Aides many years ago, and five grandchildren.  Joe and his wife Rita are looking forward to having more time to travel and spend with family and friends.

Joe has been an outstanding member of the Downey Police Department for the past 40 years, and has made countless contributions for the betterment of the organization and the City of Downey. His professionalism, experience, and friendship will not be forgotten.

Congratulations on 40 wonderful years Joe. You will be missed.


Corporal Wayne Raymond

Wayne began his law enforcement career with the Downey Police Department in January of 1986.  Prior to coming to the City of Downey, he worked for General Telephone.  Wayne grew up in Bell and graduated from Bell High School in 1974.

For the first three years with the City of Downey, Wayne worked as a graveyard patrol officer, as does every new police officer.  Early on, he began to develop a strong interest in traffic enforcement and collision investigation.  In May of 1989, Wayne was assigned as an Accident Investigator and in April of ’90, he was given the opportunity to become one of the Department’s 12 motorcycle traffic officers.  He continued to serve proudly as the senior member of the now eight-man motor squad until his very last day of employment. 

Wayne was promoted to Corporal in December of 1997 and served as the sole motorcycle training officer for the City of Downey, where he provided training to officers selected for the motorcycle detail. He also provided training to officers from other neighboring cities that do not have a certified motorcycle training officer.

Wayne was one of the Downey Police Department’s Certified Weapons Training Instructors. As such, he trained both new and experienced officers in weapons tactics and deployment and developed weapons training courses, overseeing the safety of the Department staff during their weapons training.

Over the past 25 years, Wayne served a Field Training Officer, Motorcycle Training Instructor, RADAR and LASER Instructor, FBI Firearms Training Instructor, Gunsite Training Center Tactical Carbine Instructor, National Rifle Association Tactical Handgun Instructor, HALO Group Tactical Shotgun Instructor, Hitman Training Systems Officer Survival Skills Instructor.  In 1997 and 2007, Wayne was named the City of Downey Police Officer of the Year.

Wayne has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for over 24 years.  He has a 32 year-old son, Andrew, a 26 year-old stepdaughter, Lisa, and a 23 year-old daughter, Amanda. 

Wayne has been a valued member of the Downey Police Department for the past 25 years, and has made countless contributions for the betterment of the organization. His professionalism, experience, and friendship will not be forgotten.

Congratulations on 25 wonderful years Wayne. You will be missed.


Corporal Rich Tuttle

Rich began his law enforcement career with the Downey Police Department in March of 1991.  Prior to coming to the City of Downey, he worked as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department (1981-1990) and the Sacramento Police Department (1990-1991).

During his 30 years of law enforcement service, Rich served as a patrol officer, a gang officer, a terrorism liaison, a school resource officer and in July 1995, Rich was promoted to Corporal.  Rich will be remembered by many for the time he spent as one of the Downey Police Department’s D.A.R.E. officers.  Many young men and women today speak of the positive impact Rich had on their lives when as a DARE officer he helped teach them the life skills they needed to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs, and violence.

Rich has been a valued member of the Downey Police Department for the past 20 years and has made countless contributions for the betterment of the organization and the City of Downey. His professionalism, experience, and friendship will not be forgotten.

Congratulations on 30 wonderful years of service Rich.  You will be missed.