Officers and members of the community came together for the 2012 Senior Lead Officer Summit (SLO) for the Northeast Division Thursday night at the Greek Theatre.
To open the night, the Color Guard marched, followed by drums and pipes by LAPD Emerald Society. An LAPD helicopter also circled overhead to show its support.
During the summit, the K-9 unit, and the Police Activities League Boxing group were given special mention.
When introducing the boxing group Officer Hector Ibarra spoke of the importance of having programs like this for kids.
“Some of them are at risk,” Officer Ibarra said. “If we don’t get to them and turn their lives around things could go the other way and join a gang.
A select few were also honored during the night, including Echo Park’s very own SLO, Bobby Hill who was named Senior Lead Officer of the year.
Concluding the summit, Sergeant Ruben Arellano said that the point of the summit, put on by the Senior Lead Officers, was to honor the community that they serve.
“The Senior Lead Officers work very hard,” Sergeant Arellano said. “They wanted to give back to the community, to you folks, the people they represent, to show their appreciation for your efforts to help them.”