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Departmental Promotions
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Departmental Promotions
Date:1/14/03
Contact:Lt. Freedland, (949)724-7163

The Irvine Police Department is pleased to announce the promotion of four (4) members of the organization to rank of Lieutenant, and one member to the position of Manager of Business Services.These promotions have been made as a result of recent retirements, as well as a reorganization plan to geographic based policing. The following individuals are being promoted to Lieutenant: 

Susan Davis

Susan Davis, currently serving as a sergeant supervising economic crimes, has been a police officer with the City of Irvine for over 15 years.She has served a variety of assignments including Training Officer, Reserve Coordinator, and Senior Police Officer.Susan possesses both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Long Beach, and is a graduate of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Supervisor Leadership Institute. 

Rick Handfield

Rick Handfield, a graduate of University High School in Irvine, has been a police officer with the City of Irvine for over 20 years.Rick, who is currently serving as a sergeant in Police Services (Uniform Patrol), has served in the Criminal Investigations Division, Traffic Bureau, and was project manager for the development of the Emergency Operations Center, and the Mobile Command Post Vehicle.He possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Redlands, is a graduate of the P.O.S.T. Supervisory Leadership Institute, and is a former Irvine Police Department Police Officer of the Year.  

Dave Mihalik

Dave Mihalik, currently the sergeant in charge of Special Events, has been a police officer for over 21 years, having served his first four years with the Fountain Valley Police Department.Dave has worked a broad spectrum of assignments including Narcotics, SWAT, K-9 handler, Traffic motor officer, DUI Team, and Burglary Suppression Team.He possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University, and is a graduate of the P.O.S.T. Supervisory Institute.Dave is a former recipient of the Irvine Police Officer of the Year, Irvine Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year (most stolen vehicle recoveries in one year), and MADD DUI Century Club Award for 100+ DUI arrests in one year.

Jeff Noble  

Jeff Noble has been a police officer with the City of Irvine for 18 years, and is currently serving as a sergeant assigned to the Office of Professional Standards.He has served as a Narcotics Investigator, Traffic Investigator, Field Training Officer, Senior Police Officer, and has supervised Personnel Services, Preventive Services, Patrol, and the Special Operations Unit.Jeff possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach, a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law, and is a graduate of the P.O.S.T. Supervisory Leadership Institute and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. 

The following member of the Irvine Police Department has been promoted to the position ofBusiness Services Manager: 

Vivienne Hedgpeth 

Vivienne Hedgpeth has served with the Irvine Police Department for 24 years, working in Records, Communications, User Support, and Planning, Research and Training.She currently manages the Business Services Bureau, which consists of Communications, Records, Business Desk, User Support, Property and Evidence, Technical Services, Animal Services, Regulatory Affairs, and Custody.Vivienne possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.She is a three-time recipient of the Irvine Police Department’s Meritorious Service Award. 

A promotional ceremony honoring these individuals has been scheduled for Thursday, January 16, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. in the Irvine City Council Chambers.