LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross Receives Public Safety Leadership Award

Chris ross.jpgLos Alamos Police Department Sgt. Chris Ross at a recent meeting. Photo by Maire O’Neill/


Los Alamos Police Department Sergeant Christopher Ross has received the prestigious Public Safety Executive Leadership Award from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. The award was presented Nov. 15 at the Center’s School of Police Staff and Command 468th Graduation Ceremony in Skokie, Illinois.

 By successfully completing the Center’s entire sequence of management programs (Supervision of Police Personnel, School of Police Staff and Command, and Executive Management Program), Sergeant Ross has demonstrated a commitment to delivering the best, most professional service to his community.  He was nominated by LAPD Chief Dino  Sgambellone.

“Sergeant Ross’s sustained commitment to professional excellence has enhanced the ability of the Department as a whole to continue providing exceptional service to the community,” Sgambellone said Thursday.

Ross joined LAPD some 10 years ago and was promoted to sergeant about five years ago. He is the Community Liaison for the Department and supervises the LAPD school resource officers. In addition, he is on the LAPD bomb squad, an active shooter training instructor, emergency vehicle operations instructor and bike team leader. Ross also oversees the annual Safety Town program for incoming kindergarten students. He is held in high esteem by many Los Alamos Public Schools staff, students and parents for his passion for keeping kids safe.

“I am thankful to the Department for the opportunity to participate in the Center’s program,” Ross said Thursday morning.

In January, he was honored by the Los Alamos County Council for his actions during an incident where a Los Alamos resident accidently shot himself while examining his gun.

The Northwestern University Center for Public Safety was established in 1936 to expand the scope of university-level education in traffic safety. Since that time, the Center has broadened its offerings to include police operations and management. Law enforcement agencies have also come to depend on the Center for university-level research programs, technical assistance and conferences on crucial and timely issues. Northwestern University Center for Public Safety has taught nearly a quarter of a million professionals in law enforcement in related fields from all 50 states and 38 foreign countries.