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Traffic Enforcement Officer of the Year - Police Officer II+2 David Heilman, Serial Number 33244
South Traffic Division is proud to announce that Police Officer II+2, David Heilman, Serial No. 33244, has been chosen as Motor Officer of the year for 2011. Officer Heilman has achieved this prestigious honor by distinguishing himself among his peers in all facets of a motor officer’s duty. Officer Heilman proves daily that he is deserving of such recognition by consistently being a top producing officer, having a uniform appearance that is impeccable, and portraying an attitude that is positive and conducive to those whom he comes in contact.
Officer Heilman has been standing out as a motor officer since he was first assigned to South Traffic Division, in May of 2009. A majority of that time, he has been assigned to traffic enforcement (TE). As a motor officer assigned to TE, Officer Heilman was responsible for the safety of the citizens in our great City of Los Angeles using his knowledge of the California Vehicle Code and the three “E’s” of traffic: Education, Enforcement, and Engineering to save lives. This mission is not one to be taken lightly. To be successful, as a Traffic Enforcement Officer, one must possess a strong work ethic, integrity, patience, skills in both riding ability and speaking to the public. These are all traits Officer Heilman has in abundance.
In 2011, Officer Heilman was asked to join South Traffic Division’s COMPSTAT unit, a coveted position that is only awarded to the most productive of officers. During his tenure in traffic enforcement and the COMPSTAT unit, he averaged 18.6 citations a day and 7 impounds per deployment period. What is especially impressive is the absence of complaints that often accompany such a performance. With over 18 of what are considered “negative contacts” a day, Officer Heilman takes the initiative to explain the stops to citizens, leaving them with the understanding that as a motor officer, he works to save lives.
Officer Heilman recently took on a new endeavor. His resume now boasts a tour of duty in South Traffic Division’s DUI team. As a member of the unit, Officer Heilman’s primary duty is the detection and apprehension of intoxicated drivers, one of his many talents. It is no surprise that already Officer Heilman is making a name for himself as a self-motivated, successful, determined DUI officer.
Officer Heilman is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife of two years have three children and reside in Ontario, California.
South Traffic Division is grateful to have Officer Heilman as part of our South Traffic Division family. We applaud him for being chosen as the 2011 South Traffic Division Motor Officer of the year.