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Traffic Enforcement Officer of the Year - Police Officer Bridgette Peterson, Serial No. 33628
South Traffic Division is proud to announce that Police Officer II+2, Bridgette Peterson, Serial No. 33628, has been chosen for Motor Officer of the year for 2012. Officer Peterson has achieved this prestigious honor by distinguishing herself among her peers in all facets of a motor officer’s duty. Officer Peterson has proven she is deserving of such recognition due to her dedication to the Department, loyalty to South Traffic Division and devotion to the community she serves.
Officer Peterson has been a member of South Traffic Division as a Motor Officer since 2004, and is currently assigned to the Community Traffic Services Unit (CTSU). It has been in that capacity that Officer Peterson has shined.
As the School Officer, Peterson worked hand in hand with every elementary school in
Operations-South Bureau, establishing valet programs which coordinate the drop off, of students enabling them to get to school safely every day. She also led South Traffic Division to its first victory in the Southern California Automobile Club’s, Traffic Safety Mural program. The program teaches elementary school students traffic safety awareness, focusing on the use of seat belts while riding in a vehicle, pedestrian safety tips and the wearing of a helmet when riding a bicycle. Officer Peterson was successful in getting more schools to get involved than all the other Traffic Divisions, which resulted in the South Traffic victory. The winning school was awarded a grant form AAA in the amount of $2,000 dollars.
Officer Peterson is a lead instructor of the POST certified National Child Passenger Safety Certification Course (CPS). She teaches LAPD officers, medical professionals, and officers from outside agencies the technical aspect of child restraint systems; recognizing misuse; hands-on practice with child restraints and transporting children with special needs. As a result of her expertise in the CPS field, she has earned numerous awards and recognition and is constantly being called upon to teach or conduct workshops by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
At South Traffic Division, Officer Peterson spear headed the endeavor of creating the South Traffic Advisory Council (STAC). A nonprofit booster group, with the sole purpose of raising funds that benefit the community she serves and STD. The council consists of business owners and other community stake holders Officer Peterson personally recruited to become members. STAC has raised over $20,000 dollars which, benefits the community directly through car seat give-a-ways, Sober Graduation programs and the purchase of police related equipment, enabling officers to serve the community more efficiently.
Over the years, Officer Peterson has been instrumental in organizing, supporting and participating in South Traffic Division’s Baker to Vegas teams, holiday party committees and summer picnics. These events build camaraderie and pride within the division, qualities Bridgette exudes on a daily basis. It could be said that Officer Peterson is the heart and soul of South Traffic Division for that reason, South Traffic Division is proud to recognize her as the Motor Officer of the year for 2012.