Captain Steve Garza – 34 years
Steve began his career with the Police Department in 1984 as a Police Aide and shortly thereafter, worked as a Police Dispatcher. In 1988, he graduated from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Academy and was sworn in as a Downey Police Officer. In the years that followed, Steve worked Patrol, Community Relations, and the Detective Bureau.
In 1995, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he worked assignments in both patrol and detectives. In 2002, Steve was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to the department’s newly created Professional Standards Unit. Steve went on to work as a Patrol Watch Commander before promoting to the rank of Captain in 2009, and was assigned to oversee the Patrol Division. He remained in that assignment for a few years, until he was transferred and began overseeing the Detective Bureau and the Administrative Division, an assignment he had until his retirement.
Throughout his 34-year career at the Police Department, Steve was known as a man of integrity and someone that was always there to support his friends and co-workers. His work ethic was second to none, and he was known as the last person to go home at the end of a long work day.
The men and women of the Downey Police Department want to wish Steve, his wife Lisa, and children Craig, Michael, and Marissa the best in his retirement, and congratulate him on an outstanding career.