This is a year of milestones in Fountain Valley’s history.
The city marked its 60th year of incorporation on June 13, and to celebrate, a parade is planned for this Saturday on Heil Avenue between Magnolia and Brookhurst streets. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and will feature more than 80 entries.
But there’s more.
The Fountain Valley Police Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, July 1 with an open house at the police station. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lots of activities are planned, including police station tours, a bounce house, fingerprinting, canine and SWAT demonstrations, food and more.
This will also be an opportunity to meet new Police Chief Kevin Childe.
The Police Department was established on July 1, 1967. On that date, two Fountain Valley Police officers officially went into service, driving white 1967 Fords bearing the city of Fountain Valley seal. Their new and temporary police station was Fire Station 1, on Bushard Street at El Camino Avenue.
The department was organized by Chief Charles Michaelis, a founding member of the Garden Grove Police Department. Not surprisingly, 12 of the department’s first 14 officers came from the Garden Grove Police Department.
“Twelve men started this department. They kept their promise,” said Police Chief, Capt. Kevin Childe. “Here’s to 50 more.”
Chief Childe, incidentally becomes the city’s sixth police chief. And he is the first home-grown chief, having graduated from Los Amigos High School.
As I mentioned earlier, Charles Michaelis was the first chief, serving from 1967 to 1972. He was followed by Chief Marvin Fortin (1974-1986), Chief Elvin Miali (1986-2003), Chief Paul Sorrell (2003-2011) and Chief Dan Llorens (2011-2017).
The department consists of a patrol division and traffic bureau. The department’s Support Services Division includes the records bureau, dispatch center, detective bureau, crime suppression unit, CSI unit, crime analyst,…