SBPD Officers Recognized for Superior Performance

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Officer Hove and Officer Klug will be honored during the 44th Annual H. Thomas Guerry Awards Ceremony, which is held to recognize excellence in law enforcement in Santa Barbara County. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 4th Floor, County Administration Building, at 105 E. Anapamu Street.

The incident for which Officer Hove and Officer Klug were nominated to receive the Award for Superior Performance occurred on January 14, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. At that time Officer Klug was dispatched to the cliffs of the Douglas Family Preserve regarding a suicidal 18-year old woman there. Officer Hove, who is an expert in crisis negotiation, was assigned to assist. Upon arrival they found the woman perched partway down the edge of the steep cliff with a 100-plus foot drop to the rocky beach below. Investigation revealed that the woman had a history of prior suicide attempts and that she had just been involved in a domestic battery at a nearby residence. Initial efforts to talk her off of the cliff had been fruitless. Already partway down, she slid an additional 30 feet to a small outcropping making her precarious position even more inaccessible. It would be hazardous to approach her or to attempt to stop her if she decided to jump. As time passed, rescuers’ concerns were heightened due to the fading daylight. Officer Hove and Officer Klug volunteered to approach the woman to try to talk her out of committing suicide. With the assistance of the Fire Department they were fitted with rappelling harnesses and anchored with ropes to trees at the top of the cliff. Realizing the woman’s fragile psyche, Officer Hove and Officer Klug continuously reassured the woman while slowly lowering themselves down the cliff face. After 60 minutes of calming, compassionate dialogue, Officer Hove convinced the woman to extend her hand to him. Officer Hove and Officer Klug then assisted her safely back up the cliff where she was reunited with her family and contacted by mental health counselors. The skill, courage, and compassion demonstrated by Officer Hove and Officer Klug led to the successful outcome of this incident and exemplify the highest standards of the Santa Barbara Police Department and the law enforcement profession.

Officer Keld Hove has been employed by the Santa Barbara Police Department for 15 years. He has served as a Patrol Officer, a Beat Coordinator, a Field Training Officer, and a Tactical Patrol Force Officer. He is currently the senior officer on the Police Department’s Restorative Policing Team. He also holds a collateral assignment as a team leader on the Department’s Crisis Negotiation Response Team. Officer Hove has twice received the H. Thomas Guerry Award for Valor.

Officer Douglas Klug is a 15-year veteran of law enforcement. He started his career with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department where he served as a Field Training Officer and a Firearms Instructor. In 2005 he was hired by the Santa Barbara Police Department where he has served as a Patrol Officer and is presently a Field Training Officer. In 2007 Officer Klug received the Santa Barbara Police Department’s Officer of the Year Award and the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) Top Gun Award for making the most D.U.I. arrests in Santa Barbara County. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 he was again recognized by M.A.D.D. for his high numbers of D.U.I. arrests. Officer Klug is certified as a law enforcement Drug Recognition Expert and Instructor.

Sergeant Riley L. Harwood

Santa Barbara Police Department

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Well, any time anyone can reason with a suicidal person and prevent such a tragedy, that IS to be commended,
HOWEVER: the simple fact remains that Douglas Klugg is one of SBPD's DIRTY COPS. He takes an oath to tell the truth and then LIES under oath. He frames innocent people for things that they did not do and lies about it (Doug, can you say "Mitch" - and yes truth is an ABSOLUTE DEFENSE).

This is just a case of a broken clock being right twice a day. No news here.

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 12:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh, and Klugg's favorite fishing ground is on the Messa. He trolls the parking lot behind the Cliff Room and then follows people who come out of the CR onto adjacent streets and then fabricates a reason to stop them. Trailer Hitch Balls obscuring the license plate is one of his favorites. He also likes to claim weaving within the lane and speeding.

The new dash-cams will be a good start in making him tow the line of truth v. fabrication.

He likes to try and intimidate: During a DMV hearing while I questioned him he openly caressed his gun (very Lieutenant Commander Phillip Queeg-esque)

During the same hearing he testified that when my client followed his directions to write the alphabet in capital letters, the fact that the X and Y touched at the top right of the X and the top left of the Y proved mental and physical impairment!

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
May 23, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Also, this is the FIRST press coverage about any SB policeman/woman receiving any MADD award in 2013. All previous years were loudly paraded in the press.

When I called MADD in Sacramento to find out why there was no press coverage of which officers received awards and spoke with Sylas Meyers (916 481-6233, ext 104) he told me that MADD would not release any information about awards or officers claimed arrest stats specifically because of the Peter Lance Case and the Santa Barbara News Press coverage.

This helps prove that Lance exposed the fraudulent statistics of officers Kasi Beutel (with whom Klugg is close friends), because the numbers are down so far they are embarrassed to release them!

The only people who received awards and were paraded in the media were DDA Mei Trieu who did a fine job of FAILING to get a conviction in the DeNunzio Case, and DDA Justin Greene who suffered a NOT GUILTY verdict on a .08% charge, in the Moreno case even though the BLOOD test was a .18%

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
May 23, 2013 at 10:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

lawdy (anonymous profile)
May 23, 2013 at 11:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you for the tip from your fashion closet and the revelation of your illusion.

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
May 23, 2013 at 9:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

News flash: SBPD no longer has a Drunk Driving Team (DDT) officer. This appears to coincide with the exposé by investigative journalist Peter Lance on the bogus statistics of Kasi Beutel, and comes on the heels of the switch from publicly parading the now provably false arrest statistics and MADD awards to the present state of secrecy as admitted by MADD director Silas Meyers. The house of cards is falling.

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
May 30, 2013 at 6:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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