March 24, 2008
Sergeant Vic Bakkila
Police / Police Field Operations
Congratulations on being selected as the recipient of the Costa Mesa Mayor's Award for April 2008. The Mayor's Award Program was established to recognize and appreciate members of the community who have displayed qualities of leadership, community involvement, and volunteerism.
You have gone above and beyond your duties as Sergeant with the City's Police Department. Due to your efforts over the past several months, you have increased the quality of life for a woman who, in the past, caused considerable complaint issues at Lions Park.
Through your persistence and genuine concern, you contacted members of her family and helped her to secure much needed medical attention and meal and housing assistance. As a direct result of your professional working relationship, she now has an apartment, benefits and back benefits from Social Security, assisted living support, new eyeglasses, dental care, and a reduced intake of alcohol. Your initiative to work with her over time shows your dedication and leadership.
On behalf of the City Council, I would like to express my sincerest appreciation for your outstanding actions and commitment to public welfare and safety. Thank you for your dedication to helping others.
Eric R. Bever