“Patrol is the strongest part of an organization and as a first-line supervisor, that should be the key position because that’s what guides patrol. So I recognize this award as something recognizing the first-line supervisor, not so much of an individual accomplishment..”
Ayala then talked about his early days with Little.
“We went to the same academy together and he (Little) was actually independent and didn’t have an agency to sponsor him,” said Ayala. “When the Chief back then had a couple of applications on his desk and asked who would be better, I said, this guy, without a doubt. He’s definitely good for the organization. Not any credit to me, but I just thought it was a great choice by the department.”
Moving is never easy and when Said-Jinete and her department were faced with the huge task of having to move their headquarters from their long-time 74th Street location to the third floor of Medley’s municipal building, Said-Jinete credited the two sergeants with being instrumental in helping through that process.
“They both worked hard together on numerous projects and during our move they stepped up to the plate and went well above and beyond the things that are normally assigned duties for a sergeant,” said Said-Jinete. “It shows you not only what kind of members of law enforcement they are but reveals a lot about their character as well.”
Ayala and Little were not the only ones to take home plaques last week.
Also honored was Officer Pete Hurst, who was named Officer of the Bid, July through December 2012; and Elizabeth Chow, the department’s administrative assistant, as the 2012 Civilian Employee of the Year.
The 2012 Chief’s Award for an officer’s outstanding work and dedication to the community went to officers Jesse Salgado and Sergio Aldana.