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Elks Lodge Dinner Honors Local Law Enforcement and Staff

I was honored and fortunate to have been invited to the Law Enforcement Appreciation dinner held at the Alameda Elks Lodge on Tuesday, January 9, on the observed Law Enforcement Appreciation day.

Alameda Post - a group photo from the law enforcement appreciation dinner at Elks Lodge
A photo from the Law Enforcement Appreciation dinner. Photo Annette Lysmer.

My interest in attending this event stemmed from my recent participation in the Alameda Police Department (APD) Community Police Academy program. I decided to sign up for that nine-week course in order to become more educated on the various functions and duties of the Department and to be informed of ways that I might become more involved with my community and reducing crime. I met some amazing people within the Department, and it was truly a rewarding and fun experience. So, when I saw a flier posted about the Law Enforcement Appreciation dinner, I was excited to see some of these folks again and share my gratitude for their service.

Multiple local agencies were invited to attend the evening of recognition and camaraderie at the Elks Lodge, including APD, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol (Oakland Division), Piedmont Police Department, Emeryville Police Department, and city representatives from Oakland, San Leandro, and Alameda.

Alameda Post - the poster for the Elks Lodge law enforcement appreciation dinner and a selfie of a pair of smiling people
Annette Lysmer poses with Alameda Chief of Police, Nishant Joshi. Photo Annette Lysmer.

The event was organized by Steve Giddens, retired CHP Officer, and Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks club (2022); Mark Graham, current Exalted Ruler (2023); and chef extraordinaire, who along with Giddens and the primary kitchen staff, Leah Fischer and Ken Shelby, cooked and prepared the meal — tri-tip roast, loaded baked potatoes, green salad, and bread.

The many divisions of law enforcement, officers, and staff were introduced. Some were recognized and honored for their heroic actions and outstanding performance by their departments. A moment of silence and a prayer were offered for fallen officers, who gave their lives to protect and serve, including a heartfelt remembrance for the latest loss of Oakland police officer Tuan Le, whose funeral was to be held the following day.

I’d like to extend thanks to the Elks Lodge for hosting and organizing this event since 2017, as well as the agencies and City leaders who attended to show their support and gratitude. And of course, a huge thank you to all of our dedicated and brave law enforcement officers.

Alameda resident Annette Lysmer recently participated in APD’s Community Police Academy.

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