Rich Wemmer retires as Dodgers senior director of security

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Dodgers Senior Director of Security Rich Wemmer is retiring effective May 31, the team announced. Former Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Hillmann will serve as Director of Security for the Dodgers for the remainder of the 2012 season.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank Rich for his service to the city of Los Angeles and to the Dodgers and to wish him and his family all the best during his retirement,” said Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten. “Through his efforts, Rich has helped us maintain the level of security at Dodger Stadium that one would expect at a premiere sports and entertainment venue.  We also know that our security efforts will be in very good hands with Chief Hillmann. The security of Dodger fans is paramount in our thinking, and we will continue to work to provide a safe, family-friendly environment for our fans to enjoy Dodger baseball.”

“I want to thank the Dodgers for the wonderful opportunity to work with the team for the past year,” Wemmer said. “I have been planning for this day for quite some time and I am excited at the prospect of being able to spend more time with my wife, children and grandchildren.”

“Rich has done tremendous work to ensure that the Dodgers security department is one of the finest in American sports,” Hillmann said. “I am looking forward to working closely with the Dodger family and the community.”

Wemmer joined the Dodgers in April 2011. He retired from the LAPD in 2008 after nearly 40 years in law enforcement. Among his assignments was commanding officer of Rampart and Northeast Patrol Divisions, Central Traffic, Training Division, as well as the Van Nuys, West Los Angeles and Wilshire Area Community Police Stations. He served as the officer-in-charge of the Anti-Terrorist Division’s Investigation Unit during the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles. Wemmer has a nationwide reputation as a law enforcement trainer and received the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training “2010 Excellence in Training Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

Hillmann retired after 42 years of service with the LAPD as deputy chief of police in September  2008. Following retirement, he served as assistant sheriff of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department until May 2010. During his decades with the LAPD, he earned a stellar reputation as a leader, tactician and demonstrated unparalleled concern for his police officers and the community.