Nearly 10,000 LAPD officers and 10,000 Sheriff's deputies carried Dodger baseball cards with them while on patrol this season. The card program's mission is to help law enforcement officials foster relationships with the community. LAPD officers on duty at Dodger Stadium will carry baseball cards to pass out to fans during Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. The LA County Sheriff baseball card is also in partnership with the LA County Department of Public Works, Environmental Programs Division, which provides fans with information on the proper dumping of household bulky items. González is the voice of the campaign and appears in an informational video, which can be accessed via the quick response code on the back of the LASD cards.
Pregame ceremonies Wednesday will include several Law Enforcement Appreciation Night elements. Officers from LAPD's Motor Unit will ride along the warning track. Officers from the California Highway Patrol will serve as Wednesday's color guard. LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacy will bestow the Dodgers' Community Hero Award medals upon Sergeant Yvette Ahumada and Senior Investigator Jose Medrano of the District Attorney's office. Ahumada and Medrano have worked tirelessly to rescue and safeguard juveniles who are being recruited and exploited in the commercial sex trade. They have been involved in more than 60 adult arrests and have been responsible for assisting in the apprehension of more than 17 pimps in the past year. They have contacted and provided assistance to more than 50 child victims. Sheriff McDonnell will bestow the Dodgers' Community Hero Award upon LA Sheriff's deputies Chad Vandenberg and Christopher Allende of the Lakewood Station, who were both shot during a DUI checkpoint in Bellflower in June.
Sheriff McDonnell, LAPD Chief Beck and CHP Chief Bill Siegl will throw a simultaneous first pitch. Dan Lafferty, assistant deputy director of LA County Department of Public Works, will catch the Sheriff's pitch and Dodger players will catch Beck's and McDonnell's pitches.
California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Manzano, a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant, is Military Hero of the Game Wednesday. After serving 20 years on active duty, Manzano is now a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer. In the Army, Manzano held various positions, including infantryman, military police investigator and recruiter. He served two tours in Germany, and deployed to Russia in 1994 and the Ukraine in 1995 as part of the Partnership for Peace. He was stationed in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down. His military awards and decorations include five Army Achievement Medals, six Army Commendation Medals and two National Defense Service Medals. Manzano is a recruiter for the CHP Southern Division (Los Angeles County) Recruitment Unit in Glendale.
The Dodgers will also share LAPD Chief Beck's #StopTheViolence campaign by running the chief's PSA in-game. In July, Chief Beck teamed up with celebrities to create a series of PSAs to encourage the community to help eradicate violence. González is featured in one of the PSAs, which the Dodgers will show during the game. LAPD is asking local, national and global media outlets to support the movement by using #StopTheViolence and #BeTheChange.
Remaining ticket packages for the 2016 season are Hispanic Heritage Nights September 22 (7:10 p.m. vs. Colorado) and September 24 (6:10 p.m. vs. Colorado). For a complete list of special events and theme games, please visit www.dodgers.com/events. Media interested in covering Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Dodger Stadium should contact the Dodgers' Public Relations department by replying to this email or calling (323) 224-1301.