History

In 1978, Rick and Marie Fritts, two very community-oriented Riverside residents and business owners wanted to pay tribute to law enforcement officers throughout Western Riverside County for their bravery and ongoing commitment to protect families, homes and neighborhoods.

As a result of their passion, dedication and appreciation for these everyday heroes, the Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee (LEAC) was born. Since then, LEAC, a California non-profit organization, has fulfilled Rick and Marie’s wishes by bringing the community together at the
Annual LEAC Awards Ceremony to honor officers for distinguished police work and outstanding service.

LEAC is comprised of officers from agencies throughout the County, public officials, business people and community representatives who volunteer their time during the year to plan this annual event in order to recognize the fine men and women of public safety.

As Western Riverside County continues to grow, demands on local law enforcement increase in intensity and complexity. More than ever, it is critical that we, as a community, take a proactive stance to show our support of those who are the guardians of the safety for our families, streets and business neighborhoods.

Each year, LEAC recognizes officers for exemplary service in the following categories:

Valor

Distinguishing himself/herself with exceptional bravery or heroism beyond ordinary and unusual expectations while executing responsibilities.

Investigative Excellence

Successfully concluding a major investigation, or demonstrating outstanding investigative techniques in the course of an investigation while executing responsibilities.

Excellence in Community Service

Exceptional execution of responsibilities in a community service program or project having significant impact on public safety in a community or communities.

Lifetime Achievement

An officer who has completed a minimum of 25 years as a sworn law enforcement officer; displayed the highest level of professionalism; continuously exceeded expectations; sustained positive impact on his/her community; consistently performed his/her duties in a manner in harmony with the department’s goals, mission, objectives or values; and has served as a peace officer in Riverside County for the last five years.

In addition to these individual officer awards, LEAC presents a Community Business Partnership Award to a local business that has, for a minimum of five consecutive years, demonstrated sustained support of, and partnership with, law enforcement in its home community; a “Top Dog” Distinguished K9 award presented to a canine team for a particularly outstanding job on a case or for long term high level of performance; and a special Founders Award in honor of LEAC’s Founders, Rick and Marie Fritts.

As with any event, sponsorships are critical. They provide financial support to produce the event, and an opportunity for businesses to publicly support and thank law enforcement officers for their bravery and commitment to the public. LEAC welcomes sponsorship support and donations, and we encourage you to do your part. Please review the LEAC Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits form for more information on how to become a part of this important historical community event.