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Detective of the Year - Police Officer III John Hill
Police Officer III John Hill, Serial No. 37294, was selected as the South Traffic Division (STD) Detective of the Year for 2013. He is a tenured police officer who has been a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, for more than eight years. After working patrol assignments, he decided to further his investigative skills by securing a position at STD. As a traffic officer, he was quickly recognized for completing thorough investigations. Because of his investigative skills and knowledge of traffic collisions, he was reassigned to STD Detective Section. While assigned to the Detective Section, he was initially tasked with reviewing all incoming collision reports for accuracy. He continued to enhance his investigations by seeking additional training within the Police Department and through outside agencies. He attended Basic, Intermediate, Enhanced, and Advance Collision Schools, along with reconstruction and homicide school. During this period, he was gradually tasked with investigating complex cases, where his investigative skills continued to evolve.
On October 6, 2013, at approximately 3:50 a.m., during off-hours, he responded to a fatal collision, where a motorist collided into two pedestrians that were attempting to cross the street on Vernon Avenue and Figueroa Street. Through his investigative skills, he was able to reconstruct the collision and formed the opinion that the motorist was responsible for the collision. The motorist was examined to determine his sobriety, which revealed that the motorist was under the influence of an alcohol substance. The motorist was subsequently arrested for Vehicular Manslaughter. He prepared the case for filing and presented it to the respective filing entity, where criminal charges were filed against the motorist.
His investigations are methodological, and well written. His filing rate is slightly higher than his peers. He is a team player who has routinely volunteered to assist his coworkers. His interaction with citizens is always pleasant and professional. When interacting with grieving family members, he illustrates compassion and genuine concern for their loss. He avails himself for further assistance and direction.
He was raised in San Gabriel Valley, where he graduated from Walnut High School. He participated in basketball, track and field, and football. He later attended California State University at San Bernardino, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He is married with a four-year-old daughter. Because of his investigative skills, compassion for others, productivity, and teamwork, he was selected to represent the Traffic Detective Section as the Detective of the Year for 2013.