2013 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

The San Diego Chapter for ASIS will host our 4th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. We will honor members of the law enforcement community who partner with many organizations to make a difference.  Read the stories of our well-deserving honorees.

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm

Location: Admiral Baker Clubhouse, 2400 Admiral Baker Road, San Diego, CA 92124

Sponsorships:  Platinum $750  8 Guests, Banner at event and recognition in the program.  Gold $500, 4 Guests, Banner at the event and recognition in the program.  Silver $250 2 Guests, Recognition in the program.

For more information, please contact Andy Crossland, San Diego Chapter Law Enforcement Liaison, at (619) 876-3009 or at andy.crossland@bbsihq.com.


Bonnie Dumanis- 2007 Current (2)Master of Ceremonies: District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has earned a national reputation as a law enforcement leader and innovator.  She took office in 2003 and is the first woman to serve as District Attorney for San Diego County.

With public safety as her top priority, her office has consistently maintained a 94 percent conviction rate.  At the same time, DA Dumanis has focused on crime prevention, stopping the revolving door to prison, and helping victims.  She has also increased transparency and the public’s access to the DA’s Office.

Under DA Dumanis’ direction, the office helped write and pass Jessica’s Law, which tightened restrictions on child molesters and sexually-violent predators.  Her office is also leading California in implementing a prisoner reform program, which provides non- violent offenders with job training, treatment, and wrap around services to keep them from returning to a life of crime once they are released from prison.

DA Dumanis initiated a major reorganization of the District Attorney’s Office structure that had not seen change for more than three decades.  Under her leadership, a Cold Case Homicide Division, and Sex Crimes and Stalking Division were established.  Her office also began a program encouraging minorities to consider careers in criminal justice.  Diversity among the DA Office’s employees essentially mirrors that of the county’s population.

Bonnie Dumanis began her legal career as clerk-typist in the DA’s Office, working her way up to becoming a hard-hitting prosecutor and eventually a Superior Court Judge.  While on the bench, she led the way in developing the San Diego’s nationally-recognized Drug Court—which partnered law enforcement, defense attorneys and treatment providers— to fight substance abuse in a new way.  She was also instrumental in applying that same model to establish a Domestic Violence Court.  It’s that kind of extraordinary collaboration that DA Dumanis is known for.

Bonnie served as President of the California District Attorney Association and on the State Bar Board of Governors.  She currently serves on the boards of the National District Attorney Association and the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission.
Even though she is the top law enforcement official in San Diego County, Bonnie has never forgotten her roots.  A plaque in her office reads, “The clerk helping in your division today, may be your boss tomorrow.”


Keynote Speaker: Leslie Gardner, Director, San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center

Ms. Leslie Gardner entered on duty as a Special Agent (SA) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on March 19, 1990.  Her first office assignment was to the Kansas City Division, where she specialized in the investigation of organized crime, drugs and gangs.  SA Gardner transferred to the Los Angeles Division in August 1997, where she was assigned investigative responsibilities in gang criminal enterprises.   Her background includes having been the affiant in over eight Title III investigations and involvement in numerous undercover operations.

SA Gardner was promoted to GS-14 Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in 2001.  She supervised the Los Angeles Gang Squad and served as Program Coordinator for the Safe Street Gang Task Force.  After 9/11, SSA Gardner was temporarily reassigned to supervise a 20 agent squad which addressed “PENTBOM” leads and coordinated with Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) components, which included federal, state and local law enforcement.

During 2003 and 2004, SSA Gardner served as Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), Criminal Division, Los Angeles FBI, where she had administrative oversight for all squads handling criminal, drug and organized crime matters.

In January 2005, SSA Gardner was promoted to the Director of the Los Angeles Joint Drug Intelligence Group (JDIG), which is a component of the Intelligence Support System of the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (LAHIDTA).

In January 2008, SSA Gardner was named the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC).  In January 2010, the JRIC and JDIG merged operations to become a consolidated regional intelligence fusion center currently known as the JRIC.

In February 2010, SSA Gardner was named the Federal Representative of the Year at the National Fusion Center Directors’ Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, in recognition of her outstanding talent as a leader and major fusion center Director.

SSA Gardner was responsible for the management oversight of over 80 employees who have been deployed to the JRIC from various law, fire and public health agencies.

Ms. Gardner retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January 2013. Ms. Gardner was named Director of the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center and started her new assignment on January 28, 2013.