By CSLEA-HPAC Member, Officer Eduardo Palomares
SAN DIEGO –On April 7, 2019, the California Department of State Hospital, Patton State Hospital Police Department joined forces with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and LAX Airport Police Department to compete in the Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive in San Diego. The Teddy Bear Drive brings San Diego's law enforcement community together to raise funds to purchase stuffed animals for kids at Rady Children's Hospital.
“My teammates and I competed in a soccer tournament and we all paid tribute to Joey and all the other children who are fighting cancer at Rady's Hospital,” said CSLEA-HPAC Member, Officer Eduardo Palomares. “ Joey is the son of Correctional Sergeant J. West from CIW prison. This was a tough competition against San Diego Probation, San Diego Police Department, and San Diego Cal State University Police Department. Our team, OPS United FC did an outstanding job and earned third place in the tournament. We were also joined by RN Michael Josiah from Admissions at PSH.”
OPS United FC lost the first game 7-1 against San Diego Probation Department but later obtained two crushing wins against San Diego Cal State University PD 9-1 and 9-0 on the qualifying round.
Unfortunately, OPS United FC was defeated 5-1 by San Diego PD on the semifinal.
“Great work by Officer K. Nguyen playing as a goal keeper and stepping up to also play on the field when needed. Officer Maldonado showed great defender skills. Officer Pinto helped our team by playing as a defender, midfielder and scored three goals when he played as a forward. Michael Josiah did a good job playing as a midfielder,” said Palomares. “It was a great time for a great cause.”
“The police officers at Patton State Hospital make us very proud,” said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. “They are very active in their community, are always looking for ways to help, and they keep fit in the process! Nice job, officers!”