Santa Paula Police Detective Randy Haumann (left) was honored as the Kiwanis Law Day Officer of the Year. Shown with Haumann, who received the same honor in 2010, is SPPD Chief Steve McLean who presented the award at the May 15 celebration.

SPPD Detective Randy Haumann honored
as Kiwanis Law Day Officer of the Year

May 27, 2015
Santa Paula News

Fifteen officers on the frontline of public safety including Santa Paula Police Detective Randy Haumann were lauded at the 48th Annual Kiwanis Club of Ventura Law Day Officer of the Year awards.

The May 15 event at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Ventura honored officers from every agency in the county who share a common bond — care for community they serve.

“This is one event that we can all show our support for public safety and what they do for us,” said Gary Pelmear of the Ventura Kiwanis Club, the father of a firefighter who was hosting a table for the Port Hueneme Police and the Oxnard Explorers Color Guard.

Sr. Officer Ryan Bates, Port Hueneme Officer of the Year, noted he got his law enforcement start with the SPPD in the late 1990s.  

Haumann was sharing a table with SPPD Chief Steve McLean, Sgt. Scott Varner and Reserve Officer Bob Steere, as well as members of the Fillmore Police Department/VCSO. 

Emcee Andy Mack introduced special guests including representatives of elected officials on the local, state and federal level that would have recognitions for each officer honored. Those named Law Day Officer of the Year also are named on a perpetual trophy and receive a plaque for their dedication to public safety.

McLean told the crowd it is Haumann’s second time at the Kiwanis Law Day podium as he was honored as Officer of the Year in 2010.

Haumann joined the SPPD in 2007 and was soon recognized by his peers becoming the 2009 Santa Paula Police Officers Association Officer of the Year. 

Early on Haumann distinguished himself by making fully one-third of all SPPD DUI arrests and was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers on local and state levels for his efforts.

Haumann also had a high rate of stops and arrests and although consistent in action and effectiveness, he has an easy-going manner and friendliness appreciated by the public.

Haumann was a SWAT team member and also became a K9 Officer partnered with Hozy; now retired, the dog continues to live with his former partner.

McLean said Haumann has a “strong work ethic” and is highly adaptable as shown when in July 2014, on his first day as a Detective a homicide occurred.

And, during his first month Haumann “caught another high-profile case…the embezzlement of $22,000 from the high school band. Randy took that on and it was a very complex investigation,” that led to the arrest of a suspect as well as prompted a community effort that raised twice as much as the funds taken. 

Haumann was also recognized by the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce as the Officer of the Quarter in 2014 when McLean described him as “a natural detective who works tirelessly with others…”

McLean told the crowd at the Law Day Awards that Haumann continues to work tirelessly and well with others in the Ventura County law enforcement community.

“Randy really enjoys partnering with other agencies,” where McLean said he has been a welcome member of many investigative teams.

Haumann, noted McLean, “Is the best of the best…”

Others honored as Officer of the Year were: California Highway Patrol-Ventura Officer Todd Pourroy; Officer Steve Chavez, California Highway Patrol-Moorpark; Deputy John Burt, Camarillo Police Department-VCSO; 

Deputy Miguel Gonzales, Moorpark Police Department--VCSO; Deputy Brian Dent, Ojai Police Department-VCSO; Officer Jacob Jundef, Oxnard Police Department; Senior Officer Ryan Bates, Port Hueneme Police Department whose award was presented by Interim Police Chief Robert Albertson; Simi Valley Police Chief Mitch McCann presented the award to Officer Shawn Throckmorton; Deputy Lee Chapman, Thousand Oaks Police Department-VCSO; District Attorney Investigator Tom Radwan, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office; Deputy Jeffrey Jacobs, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Fabian Gutierrez, Ventura Police Department; whose award was presented by Chief Ken Corney; and Deputy Monica Smith, Ventura County Sheriff’s Detention Services.

Fillmore Police Department-VCSO Captain Dave Wareham noted that honoree Deputy Thomas Brown is a Santa Paula native whose father for many years owned Tom’s Tire. Wareham lamented that Brown has now transferred to the Ojai substation where he will become a K9 handler.

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