Santa Ana Police Department

Nominated by a police sergeant in Orange, California, the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) was selected as a Freedom Award recipient for its outstanding support which includes providing National Guard and Reserve employees differential pay between their military pay and SAPD salary during deployments; continuing employee and enrolled family members’ medical and life insurance benefits during deployments; establishing a Military Liaison Officer responsible for providing both military employees and their families with direct and personal service during deployment; creating a policy to guide Department supervisors and service member employees during the reintegration process; and recognizing the military service of their employees through newsletters, photographs and several prominent display cases throughout the station. The SAPD has received numerous ESGR state awards for their support for National Guard and Reserve employees including several Patriot Awards, an Above and Beyond Award and a Pro Patria Award in 2009.