The Brentwood community came together last week to recognize and say farewell to their outgoing leader from the Los Angeles Police Department, Senior Lead Officer Philip Enbody.
Brentwood Community Council Chairwoman Nancy Freedman said the community is at the tail end of someone who's served in the LAPD for more than 27 years, received more than 300 department recommendations and a 1998 Officer of the Year Award.
"You’ve been invaluable to helping us through the crime," Freedman said to Enbody. "You’ve done so much for us."
Former Senior Lead Officer Dennis Hinman gave a heartfelt and humorous reflection from working alongside Enbody for many years, and looks forward to going fishing and relaxing in their retirements.
"Phil's been my friend for a long time," Hinman said. "Thank you for the job you did."
Jeff Hall of the Brentwood News brought a poster-size front page to the community council meeting that had a photo of Enbody and the headline "It's Official: Brentwood Loves Officer Phil Enbody." They also delivered a cake and said a few words. Enbody's thank you note can be read here on the Brentwood News.
Mary Ann Lewis of the Brentwood Park Property Owners Association said they are sad to see Enbody leave.
"Whenever someoneone calls, you answer immediately," she said. "Everyone’s most appreciative."
Joaquin Macias delivered a proclamation for Enbody's service on behalf of City Councilman Bill Rosendahl's office.
"He's consistently distinguished himself with leadership," Macias said.
Enbody told the audience the person filling his shoes, Officer Maria Gray, will do better than himself or Hinman combined.
"Thank you very much," Enbody said. "I've enjoyed the time I've had in Brentwood immensely. It's given more time to my career, in my heart. It really has. Brentwood is organized. They work hard. I've tried to work hard to understand the issues."
Assemblyman Mike Feuer also stopped by last week's meeting to thank the community for the support he's received from Brentwood while representing the 42nd District in Sacramento. He is not seeking another term, but did annouce he will be running for city attorney in March.
(A correction was made to clarify Assemblyman Mike Feuer's election plans next spring. Patch apologizes for the error.)