Not too often do you meet a person that completely changes your life for the better. I met such a person in Greg Savelli.
I remember the day I met him in his new office downstairs in the police department. I was asked by departing Interim Chief of Police David Barr to wait one month before coming to the new Chief regarding any Neighborhood Watch issues as to give him a chance to "get acclimated" to his new working environment. Well, I waited one long week before calling Chief Savelli and asking if we could talk. HBNW was just developing and I had important stuff to talk about...at least I thought so.
Since that day, Chief Savelli has whole heartedly embraced the Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch program. At the same time the Chief was coming in to a new city, Neighborhood Watch was coming in to its own credible program of Crime Prevention and Disaster Preparedness. The latter had never been done together with a Neighborhood Watch program in the South Bay. This was unique to take on both crime and disaster. He did so with ease!
To name a few meaningful accomplishments this Chief gave to our program:
· Personally attended weekly Block Meetings to speak directly with our residents
· Personally answered all questions that HBNW would ask within a timely manner.
· Developed with HBNW a Volunteers in Policing Program
· Re-Introduced a Equestrian Police Force
· Re-Introduced a K-9 Police Force
· Developed a comprehensive system for enforcement of ABC and CUP licenses for Downtown Establishments
· Led the Police Department in becoming a Nationally Accredited Police Agency
· Organized with HBNW, HBFD and HBPW the National Night Out events and Santa Ride (HB won three awards for NNO!)
· Supported an amazing disaster preparedness program, Map Your Neighborhood
Basically, shaped this City up!
And, I for one, am extremely grateful. As a resident and co-founder of a NW program, Hermosa Beach was graced by his leadership, his fair and common sense approach to Community Policing and his sense of humor.
Tracy and I would like to say THANK YOU for 5 plus years in Hermosa Beach. We wish you nothing but the best in your future career achievements.