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Detective Dale Lawrence Retires but Leaves a Legacy with Irvine’s Youth


On Tuesday April 12, 2011, School Resource Officer Dale Lawrence was honored at his last scheduled Investigative Meeting.  Dale is retiring after 25 years of service.


Chief Maggard, members of command staff, coworkers, colleagues from other law enforcement agencies, and several members of the community filled the Emergency Operations Center to capacity to congratulate Dale on his retirement and to give thanks for his absolute dedication to community. Not in attendance, and impossible to count are the literally thousands of young Irvine residents whose lives are forever changed for knowing Detective Lawrence.


Dale began his career with the Irvine Police Department in 1986.  Already a resident of Irvine for the prior three years, Dale immediately blended his residency and employment to take a community oriented approach to his police work. 


Karen Klinek, the Vice-Principal of Creekside High School commented, “Dale is a legacy”. She explained that it didn’t matter if he was currently assigned to the schools or not, he was a trusted resource for all of the high schools year after year.  As one of the original officers assigned to policing on campuses in Irvine, he was a mentor and friend to the officers who followed him in the various school assignments and to his partners in the schools. Klinek also said that although he is retiring, she knows he will always be connected to and engaged in what happens in Irvine.


Congratulations Detective Dale Lawrence for an exemplary career and for the legacy he leaves with Irvine’s youth!