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Detective of the Year - Police Officer III Kitti Yount, Serial No. 30021
Police Officer III+1 Kitti Yount, Serial No. 30021, was selected as the South Traffic Division (STD) Detective of the Year for 2011. She is a tenured police officer who has been a member of the Los Angeles Police Department for more than 21 years. A majority of her career has been in a Traffic Division, which has included collision investigations in a uniform capacity, training officer, and more recently as an investigator. Throughout her tour in Traffic, she has initiated more than seven hundred arrests for driving under the influence. She previously received the Mothers Against Drunk Driver (MADD) Award for six consecutive years. Her current duties consist of investigating all misdemeanor cases, fatal-hit-run collisions, and felony arrests. She has handled these duties in an exemplary manner.
She was reared in a small northern town in Illinois, where she was highly honored in athletics, and music. She was selected as the Most Valuable Player of her high school track team, and competed in the Illinois State track and field meet. She also played in the Illinois State University Orchestra and Rockford Symphony. After completing her education, she relocated to California, where she later sought employment with the Los Angeles Police Department. As a police officer, she competed in the Police and Fire Olympics, where she received the coveted Gold Metal in track and field.
Yount is a conscientious employee who takes pride in her workload. Her investigations are thorough and well written. Because of her work ethic, initiative, and productivity she was instrumental in the reduction of backlog cases. She is a team player, who frequently provides investigative assistance to her coworkers. Her interaction with the public and coworkers is always positive and helpful.
Yount has been instrumental in solving several complex investigations. An illustration of her investigative skills was demonstrated when she responded to a fatal hit-and-run traffic collision that occurred on Hoover and 76th Street. An eleven-year-old child was fatally injured while returning home from school. Upon her arrival to the scene, she immediately assumed the investigative responsibilities as the senior investigator. She canvased the crime scene for witnesses and investigative leads. Through her efforts, she was able to identify a camera in the area that captured an imaged of the hit-and-run vehicle. This led to the arrest and conviction of the responsible motorist.
Yount has routinely demonstrated concern for victims that have been critically injured in traffic collisions, and for family members that have lost love ones in traffic collisions. She has typically availed herself for grieving family members, and has provided valuable information and resources to those that were in need. Because of her compassion for others, productivity, and investigative skills, she was selected to represent the Traffic Detective Section as the Detective of the Year.