Honoring Jerry Priceby Representative David G. Valadao
Posted on 2013-02-14
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Mr. VALADAO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Officer Jerry Price,
an important figure in Central Valley law enforcement, on the occasion
of his retirement.
Jerry graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy in 1983 and was assigned to service in his hometown of Santa Ana. In 1986, he was transferred to Bakersfield where he patrolled the eastern part of the city and began aggressively seeking DUI drivers.
In 1988 Jerry transferred to Hanford, where he served for 24 years. Jerry was appointed the PAO/Court liaison in 1997 and held this position until December of 2012.
Jerry was a member of the county's first gang task force established in 1998, where he served as an Intelligence Agent.
Jerry has a passion for education and was instrumental in the establishment of many educational programs for local students. He is credited with reorganizing high school senior ethics days in all local high schools and starting ``character conferences'' in junior high schools. He also helped launch ``Every 15 Minutes'' programs in high schools across Kings County to educate young people about the dangers of drunk driving.
Jerry enthusiastically spread this safety message at Lemoore Navy Air Station for over 18 years. He led more than 550 safety presentations for approximately 200,000 Navy personnel.
In addition to his CHP service, Jerry has been heavily involved in numerous community service commitments including Relay 4 Life, the March of Dimes, and the Central California ``Battle of the Badges'' Blood Drive. He has coached several youth sports teams and taught at Kings Christian High School, College of the Sequoias, and West Hills College.
Most recently Jerry assisted the co-founders in organizing the ``Buckle Up for Itzy'' Fest, an event to raise seat belt safety awareness.
Jerry has mentored many local youths and has dedicated his life to improving the safety of the people of Central California. He has given his time and effort to numerous non-profits and charities over the decades. Please join me in congratulating Mr. Price on his invaluable service to the Central Valley, as he retires from the California Highway Patrol.