On March 27, 2014, the Police Officers Association of Los Angeles County (POALAC) held their annual Centurion Awards Ceremony. Our very own Sergeant Tom LeVeque was recognized for his work in Social Media and awarded the Innovation Award.
Several years ago, Tom recognized that Social Media was a great median to engage our community and get information out in a timely manner. Since that time, his foresight has proven true. Tom's contributions have helped bring Law Enforcement Social Media (or #LESM) to where it is today.
The motto of the Arcadia Police Department is "Making a Difference." Sergeant LeVeque truly has made a difference, not only in our department, but in the field of Law Enforcement Social Media.
Nice work Tom and congratulations on your well deserved award and recognition.
Here is a brief biography of Sergeant LeVeque's career and accomplishments:
Sergeant Tom Le Veque, Arcadia Police Department
With over 29 years of law enforcement experience, Sergeant Tom Le Veque is currently assigned as the Detective Bureau Supervisor for the Arcadia Police Department. As an ancillary duty, Tom coordinates the Social Media and Communications platforms for the Department. He co-instructs a Basic Social Media for Law Enforcement course offered through the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (CA POST), and has been a presenter or panel member on behalf of the California Police Chiefs Association, California Peace Officers’ Association, Southern California Public Radio, Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and the S.M.I.L.E. Conference series. Tom has also authored and contributed to articles published by the Cal Chiefs News and the ConnectedCOPS.net website.
San Marino Police Department:
· Police Explorer 1978-1982
· Police Cadet 1982-1984
· LASD Academy 1984-1985
· Police Officer 1985-1987
Arcadia Police Department (Lateral Police Officer):
· Police Officer 1987-1991
o Field Training Officer
o Traffic Officer
o Explorer Advisor
o LAIMPACT (Task Force) 1990-1991
· Police Sergeant 1991-Present
o FTO Supervisor
o Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute 2002-2003
o Traffic/Motor Sergeant 2005-2008
o Detective Bureau Supervisor 1996-1999, 2009-Present
o Social Media Coordinator 2010-Present
o CA POST Instructor 2010-Present
· Acting Police Lieutenant 2011-2013
o Detective Bureau Commander
· Medal of Merit 2005
· Community Service Ribbon 2006
· Officer of the Year 2006 and 2011
· Life-Saving Award 2013