SPPD’s finest: Cooper, Maclellan honored as Kiwanis Law Day Officers of the Year

June 14, 2000
Santa Paula News
Two of Santa Paula’s finest were honored as Officers of the Year at the Kiwanis Club of Ventura’s 33rd annual Law Day held May 12th in Ventura. Santa Paula Police Department Officers Robert “Bob” Cooper and Jamey Maclellan were presented their awards by SPPD Chief Bob Gonzales and Russell King, Past President of the Santa Paula Kiwanis Club which sponsored the dual award.Guest speaker for the event was Captain Gordon J. Graham of the California Highway Patrol.Officer Cooper, a native of Los Angeles, graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1972 and attended Pierce College. He obtained an Emergency Medical Technician Certification in 1993 and served six years as a Medic with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team. He has been a business owner since 1980.He attended the Police Reserve Academy at Ventura Community College and graduated in 1994. Joining the SPPD as a Reserve Officer in July 1994, two years later Officer Cooper became a police recruit. He graduated from the Ventura County Police & Sheriff’s Basic Academy in December 1996.Currently assigned to Patrol, Officer Cooper is a member of the SPPD High Risk Entry Team, Bicycle Patrol, and also serves a department Field Training Officer.“He is a dedicated employee who takes his job as a police officer very seriously,” said Chief Gonzales. “Officer Cooper is one of the most ethical people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.”
He has been married 23 years to Melody, and they have one child, Tiffany.Officer Maclellan, a native of Encino, graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1989. Prompted by his desire to enter the field of law enforcement, he put himself through the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy, graduating in 1994. Hired by the SPPD in September 1994, “Officer Maclellan has been a tremendous asset to the department,” said Chief Gonzales. “He has proven to be one of the most active and effective officers on the force.”Officer Maclellan has worked Patrol and has been assigned to the Special Enforcement Unit. A member of the High Risk Entry Team, Bicycle Patrol and a Field Training Officer, Officer Maclellan also has served as the SPPD Cops N Jocks representative since 1995. He is also attending college to obtain his BA.“Officer Maclellan is very meticulous and insists on nothing but the best from those who work with him,” said Chief Gonzales. “He is a motivator, and sets an excellent example for others to follow, demonstrating that he definitely has his sights set on becoming a supervisor in the future.”Also honored at Kiwanis Law Day were: CHP Officer Robert Arauza, who was presented with the Division 42 Kiwanis Award by Captain Richard A. Owen; VCSD Camarillo Station Deputy John Gleason; VCSD Fillmore Station Deputy Todd E. Welty; VCSD Ojai Station Senior Deputy Dave Sparks; Simi Valley Police Department Sargent Karl Becker; Ventura County District Attorney’s Investigator III Harlan Rudd; VCSD Deputy David Brantley; and Ventura Police Department Officer Gerald Foreman.

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