Ten Los Angeles Police Department officers who were part of a task force in MacArthur Park were among the recipients Tuesday of the second annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing, which recognized the work of 25 law enforcement officers and deputies from a dozen jurisdictions across the country.
“The Trump administration supports law enforcement at all levels — and we always will,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “Today’s awards honor the incredible work that is being done across this country every day. This Department of Justice takes pride in announcing today’s winners of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing.”
The LAPD recipients are Officers Jose Arriaga, Ruben Avalos, Carlos Escobar, Randy Jreisat, Arthur Meza, Ashley Mitchell, David Nick Jr., Adrian Nunez, Christina Salas and Solly Samara.
The officers were part of the MacArthur Park Task Force, which was created last September and credited with 1,125 arrests and 980 citations in 32 weeks, according to the DOJ, which said their work is directly responsible for a 40 percent reduction of Part 1 crimes and a 46 percent reduction of violent crimes in the zone.
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