Congratulations to Sgt Sue Leskera on her retirement from the LAPD after 32 years of service. Those of us at the Mounted Platoon will miss you and wish you the best in this next journey of your life.
The LAPD Mounted Platoon had the privilege of handing out gifts to kids at Children's Hospital LA on December 24th. A couple of Santa's elves and reindeer even showed up to help out.
129th Tournament of Roses Parade
The Los Angeles Police Department
Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon
The LAPD Honor Guard
The Emerald Society Bagpipe & Drum Band
The Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Mounted Platoon, The Los Angeles Police Honor Guard, the Emerald Society Bagpipe & Drum Band, and a special group of children partnered with the department will be marching in the 2018 Rose Parade.
This is a historic event for the Los Angeles Police Department and truly proves there is a partnership between the Los Angeles communities and the Men and Woman of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The groups are comprised of Children who live in near poverty areas within the city of Los Angeles (the LAPD Mini Mounties program), Children who are the Surviving family members of LAPD Officers killed in the line of duty, past and present (The LAPD Children Support Group) and Children who are in the midst of overcoming, or have overcome serious illnesses in their lives (The Children's Hospital Los Angeles).
Every Thursday, two officers from the Metropolitan Div. Mounted Platoon, stop in at The Children’s Hospital LA on their way to work, and read to the children. The officers are in soft clothes so that they bring no attention to themselves, and give full attention to the Ill children.
Every year, The LAPD Metro Mounted Platoon hosts several children of fallen Officers at The LAPD Mounted Facility to spend the day with them. The Officers cook for them, and teach them to ride our horses. Later in the night we treat these wonderful children to a great movie set up on a giant screen in our arena. Our focus is solely on the children, to fill a void, even if it’s only for one day.
Our sole purpose for the partnership with these children is to make a positive impact in their lives, to make a difference.
This year, we have reached out to the families of LAPD Fallen Officers, past, and present. Marching with us is the wife and two children of Fallen Officer Landen Doris who was killed in the line of duty in 2006. Reaching further back to March 9, 1963, is the family of slain Hollywood Officer Ian J. Campbell, whose kidnapping and killing was the subject of the well-known book and movie “The Onion Field.” Ian’s Granddaughter and Great Grandchildren will also join us on New Year’s Day to march down Colorado Blvd. It has been expressed to our platoon by the Campbell family, that they are honored to be remembered by The Los Angeles Police Department, even almost fifty-five years after the death of their Dad.
The LAPD Emerald Society has a special bond with the Campbell family. Ian Campbell was an avid Bagpiper, who won several awards for piping throughout his life, he loved to pipe so much that he used to practice in the basement of the old Hollywood Police Station. When Ian was killed he was the first Los Angeles Policeman to ever have Bagpipes played at his funeral. Since then, Bagpipes have been played at every fallen Los Angeles Police Officer’s funeral.
The LAPD Honor Guard and Emerald Society Bagpipe & Drum Band, are involved in countless fundraisers, and support for the families of LAPD fallen officers. These details raise funds through performing at various charitable events.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon has been a participant in the 123rd and the 125th Tournament of Roses Parades. This Platoon has also participated in the East Los Angeles Parade, and The Golden Dragon Parade.
The Los Angeles Police Department feels that our continued partnership with the community, coupled with our dedication to making our community safe while on horseback, is a perfect setting for the 129th Annual Tournament of Roses theme, “Making A Difference”.