WINNER: SERGEaNT JOE KUNS

Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated how the training has positively affected the efficiency and effectiveness though academics. Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field. Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.

Deputy Chief Robert N. Arcos was born in San Antonio, Texas. His family moved to the Northeast Area of Los Angeles, where he was raised. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1979. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served for four years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the Union Institute and University, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University.
Deputy Chief Arcos was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department on September 12, 1988. He worked a variety of assignments, Areas and Divisions, as a police officer, which included Rampart and Communications Divisions. His experience included Patrol, Gangs, Vice, Narcotics and Senior Lead Officer. In 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant. His supervisory assignments included Van Nuys, Northeast and Management Services Divisions. His experience included Patrol, Community Relations, Gangs, Administrative Operations, Adjutant and Assistant Watch Commander. In 2003, Deputy Chief Arcos was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Wilshire Area as a Watch Commander. In 2005, he was selected as the Adjutant to the Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau. Later that year, he was selected to serve as a Platoon Leader assigned to Metropolitan Division. While assigned to Metropolitan Division, he served as the Platoon Leader for the A, C and K-9 Platoons. His duties included directing the activities of the platoons to impact City-wide violent crime and City-wide response to requests for K-9 searches. He was promoted to Captain on November 20, 2011, and appointed as the Olympic Area Patrol Division Commanding Officer. On September 9, 2012, he was appointed as the 77th Street Area Commanding Officer. He was promoted to Commander on August 10, 2014, and was appointed as the Assistant to the Director, Office of Administrative Services. On January 25, 2015, he was appointed as the Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau. As the Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau, he also served as the Department Homeless Coordinator, as well as the Department Smart Policing Coordinator. On March 6, 2016, he was appointed to Deputy Chief, and Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau.

Deputy Chief Arcos has been the recipient of numerous internal and external commendations, and was twice awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation. Deputy Chief Arcos has graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the West Point Leadership Development Program, the FBI National Academy–Session 225, and the Senior Management Institute for Police–Session 58.

Deputy Chief Arcos is a member of the Latin American Law Enforcement Association

(LA LEY), and the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association (LACPCA). He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Deputy Chief Arcos is a passionate advocate for community policing and youth development programs. He has a visible leadership style that is proactive and a results-oriented management style that strives for effectiveness. 

2019 RECIPIENTS 

WINNER OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: CHIEF ROBERT ARCOS

WINNER: mR KEVIN ORANGE

Mr. Kevin Orange is committed to serving the community. He has previously worked closely as a community peace advocate, an interventionist specialist in local schools, with local law enforcement agencies regarding gang violence, as as a gang interventionist. He is also a PCITI graduate who works tirelessly not only in his community but with others. Mr. Kevin Orange has a non-profit agency that employs service to his community, in doing so he responds to all incidents in an effort to bring about peace. Community intervention is his life’s work. 

The HOPE AWARDS

innovation 

HOPE Awards at the SCRIPT conference are a special awards given to recognize individuals who have inspired others in 3  different categories: 


Education and Training


Community Engagement


Innovation Type

Awarded to an individual that has demonstrated that innovation has contributed to a more efficient way of doing things. The creativity should be creative and original. The innovation adds to the community by reducing violence, reducing costs and uses data that will validate the effectiveness of the innovation

WINNER: PETER POLLARD

STOP THE STIGMA

Peter has transformed his experience of sexual abuse as a teenager into a lifelong commitment to decipher the nuances of power, and, when power is misused, to restore dignity for all involved. Peter was sexually abused by a young, dynamic priest who befriended him, mentored him, and then betrayed his trust.

In so doing, the priest – and later the church hierarchy – disrupted Peter’s connection to his religion and left him struggling to understand the dangers and complexities of power. As a reporter, a child-protection case manager, a batterer intervention counselor, and as an expert working with national organizations such as Stop It Now! and 1in6, Peter has sought to infuse his work with his capacity to see those who use their power to harm others, not as monsters, but as human beings in their full complexity.

And his life is infused with the love nurtured in his closest relationships, in his family. “I feel like I have a wonderful life. I love my family, I love my daughter, I love my wife. I feel like I’m a good father. I like who I am.”

Sergeant Joe Kuns began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department working patrol assignments in East Los Angeles and spent the first eight years of his career in patrol where he worked as a Field Training Officer in South Los Angeles. After promoting to the rank of Sergeant in 2005, he began to work in youth programs development, and in 2010 worked with the Department leadership to launch the redesigned LAPD Cadet Program. After the successful expansion of the LAPD Cadet Program, he moved to Training Division in 2014, to run two community-based, youth education programs.

Now in his 23rd year with the Los Angeles Police Department, Sergeant Kuns is the officer in charge of the Police Orientation Preparation Program (POPP). Participants in this program attend all classes on-site at the LAPD Police Academy where each day consists of physical training, academic coursework, and tutoring. The participants of this two-year course an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. Joe also oversees the LAPD Police Academy Magnet Schools (PAMS). This program is designed for LAUSD students who have an interest in law-enforcement careers. It is offered in seven high schools and two junior high schools. Each of the nine school sites has a full-time LAPD officer who partners with a school faculty member that facilitates the program on campus. There are over 1,200 students who participate in PAMS each year.

He continues to work with non-profit funders, college administrators and police executives to develop strategies to improve these programs and establish them as models for other law enforcement agencies around the Nation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public/Interpersonal Communications from Biola University and is an alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING 

Awarded to an individual or team that has assisted communities/individuals in taking the next steps in life by demonstrating commitment to addressing community needs through intervention and advocating for peaceful solutions to violence. The commitment is through the implementation of exceptional program(s) that engage the community to improve and foster restorative initiates.

COMMUNITY INTERVENTION: 

SCRIPT

Summit on Community Resilience, Intervention, Prevention, and Training