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Police Officer Honored for Vehicle Recovery Efforts

May 12, 2014

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University Police Officer Steve Nelson

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University Police Officer Steve Nelson has kept an eagle eye out for stolen vehicles, and his efforts have paid off. Last year, the Cal State Fullerton police force recovered eight stolen vehicles and made a related arrest.

For his efforts, the officer was honored May 8 at the 24th annual Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Committee Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year Awards in Irvine.

"Officer Steve Nelson is one of our finest at the University Police Department and is dedicated to the safety of our campus community," said University Police Chief Dennis DeMaio. "Steve displays his tenacity through aggressive patrolling in the prevention of all kinds of crime in and around the campus community. It is no surprise to me that he is again being recognized for outstanding police work in the arrest of stolen vehicle suspects and the recovery of numerous stolen vehicles."

Nelson, a member of the campus police force for three years and a CSUF alumnus, was honored earlier this year as one of the inaugural recipients of the Ashley Nelson Award, named for a former student who was killed in a drunk driving incident, and presented in recognition of Nelson's effort in stopping and arresting drivers under the influence.

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