Andrea Friedman Award Winners 2023

David Bush

Reserve Police Officer David Bush began his law enforcement career on August 15, 1994, at Foothill Division and retired from Devonshire Division on October 22, 2022, after 28 years of service.

While at Foothill Division, Officer Bush worked the desk during the week, and almost every Friday night for eight years he worked a report car with his partner, Donna Christoffersen, covering the Storm Log. During his time at Foothill Division, Bush dressed up as Santa Claus each year and visited young patients at Children’s Hospital along with other reserve officers, handing out gifts. Several chiefs of police joined in this annual event, including Chief Michel Moore. It was during his time at Foothill Division that Officer Bush became heavily involved in community relations.

Bush transferred in 2004 from Foothill to the Personnel Group/Reserve Section, where he spent almost four years promoting the Department reserve program and was part of the reserve management team, serving as the R8 reporting to the R9, Jim Lombardi. Bush coordinated a visit to the
International Auxiliary/Reserve Police 2006 Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, where he and Reserve Officer Gary Kennedy did a presentation on the LAPD reserve management structure. During his stay at the Reserve Section, Bush visited the Phoenix Police Department to share information about the LAPD reserve program and hosted members from Phoenix P.D. at a reserve banquet. In 2005, Bush organized a visit by four officers from the Greater Manchester Police Department, spending time with the Hollywood Division and Southeast Gang unit. It was during his time at the Reserve Section that Bush became the editor of the current version of the Rotator newsletter. This was handed over to Michael Sellars when Bush moved to the Chief’s Office.

After four years at the Reserve Section, Bush transferred to Community Relations Section, Office of the Chief of Police (CRS/OCOP), where he spent seven years working closely with the senior lead
officers and Sergeant Ralph Morales, organizing and coordinating several events for Special Olympics Southern California, Sunshine Kids and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, utilizing reserve officers at each of these events.

Bush ended his law enforcement career at Devonshire Division, where he spent eight years working with their senior lead officers. During his time at Devonshire Division, Bush helped coordinate many Tip-a-Cop events, Torch Run, VST and several other details.

Reserve Officer Bush has received numerous area, bureau, COP and community commendations and was named the Department Reserve of the Year for 2005.

We recognize Reserve Police Officer Bush for his initiative, planning, organizational abilities and ability to motivate fellow reserve officers to become more involved, and we thank him for his many years of service to the City of Los Angeles.

Eric Rose

Reserve Police Officer Eric Rose worked his last shift with the LAPD on October 19, his 35th anniversary as a certified designated Level I reserve police officer. After working over 15,500 hours, the decision to retire was not easy, as the LAPD is, and will always be, an intrinsic part of his life.

The little boy who grew up in Canoga Park dreaming of becoming an LAPD officer after watching Adam-12 went on his first LAPD ride-along at 17 with Dennis Zine. After being talked out of becoming a full-time officer by his first boss, retired LAPD Chief/State Senator Ed Davis (who believed politics would be a good career for him), Rose took his advice and became a reserve officer at age 22, beginning in the West Valley Division.

Rose worked a variety of assignments over his 35 years. He worked patrol and was the first reserve to be assigned to CRASH and Vice. LAPD allowed him to go on loan, be cross-designated as a United States marshal and work with the Fugitive Task Force. Only a handful of police departments would have allowed a reserve to work this assignment.

Since his LAPD journey began over three decades ago, Rose says, “I feel fortunate that I have had the opportunity to work with the best and the brightest, who taught me a great deal. I’ve watched LAPD officers lead with grace, empathy and humility. I will never forget my LAPD family and the beautiful friendships I have made.”

Eric Rose is a partner at the firm EKA. He has more than three decades of experience advising companies, associations and individuals on various political, governmental and public relations issues. He is known nationally and internationally for his successful crisis management, reputation repair and communications expertise. One of Eric’s most potent tools is his strength in interacting with the highest-level investigative reporters on behalf of his clients.

As a direct result of Eric’s involvement in many crisis communications situations, he has become the media’s go-to person to provide perspective, interpretation and analysis on issues and matters relating to people, businesses, institutions, governments, etc., that are controversial, in conflict or in trouble. Eric serves as an expert witness in legal proceedings regarding defamation and image repair and has been a guest lecturer at various universities.

Reserve Police Officer Eric Rose has always served with passion and dedication, and after 35 years, the Los Angeles Police Department and his fellow reserves will definitely feel his absence. Thank you for your service!