LB City Prosecutor Announces 2015 IMPACT Award Winners

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lbcityseal-900x600The Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office is proud to announce the winners of this year’s IMPACT Awards, presented to individuals and groups who, working with the City Prosecutor’s Office, have made “a positive, significant impact in the City of Long Beach in the past year.” This is the 4th consecutive year the City Prosecutor has bestowed IMPACT Awards.

The recipients chosen to receive City Prosecutor IMPACT awards this year include: 

1) Hon. Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles District Attorney, for her leadership role in the LA County Prosecutors Association and handling the transfer of cases reduced from felony to misdemeanor as a result of Proposition 47.

2) Richard Funke and Robert Belcher, Long Beach Police Department, Communications Center and Cynthia Martinez, LBPD Court Affairs, for their assistance with trial preparation.

3) Tracy Colunga, Violence Prevention Coordinator for the City of Long Beach, for her work in creating the city’s first Violence Prevention Plan and securing grant funding to reduce gang activity.

4) Detective David Ternullo, Long Beach Police Department, Violent Crimes Unit, for his dedication and high quality work in preparing cases for criminal charge filing.

5) Long Beach Fire Fighters, for their work initiating the Rockett Academy mentoring program for Long Beach Unified School District 7th grade students, named in honor of Darren Rockett, a Long Beach Fire Fighter who died in 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty. Specifically recognized with be Firefighters Chris Barton, Jason Cash, Andy Chan, Wayne Chaney, Joel Davis, Chris Duffy, Mark Fort, Keith Farrell, Dennis Garrett, Tony Gomez, Phil Gonzal, Matt Hoch, Jackawa Jackson, Sid Jackson, Teron Mays, Kelvin McCaleb, Chris Milburn, Ernesto Torres, Tyler Viana.

6) Calvin Lane, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and Jason Marks, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, for providing expert knowledge to reduce gang activity.

7) Beth Aboites, UrbanFin (7th Street Church), for helping the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Truancy Program provide school uniforms, supplies, and shoes for needy children.

“I am very proud of the partnerships my office has developed. Each of these awardees have worked with us to make a meaningful positive difference in the lives of Long Beach residents,” said City Prosecutor Doug Haubert.

Awardees are chosen by prosecutors and staff in the City Prosecutor’s Office based on efforts made by persons during the preceding year. Any person wishing more information about IMPACT Awards may contact Sherri Seldon, Chief of Staff for the City Prosecutor’s Office, at (562) 570-5621.

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