Retiring Anaheim police spokesman calls it 'best job'
For more than a decade, Rick Martinez has been taking calls from reporters seeking information about homicides, train wrecks and major public events in Anaheim. The sergeant has been the face of the Anaheim Police Department, often addressing television, radio and print reporters when crime strikes in the city of nearly 350,000 residents.
But that ended Thursday with his retirement."I want to live without my BlackBerry ... without being tied to this umbilical cord 24 hours a day," said Martinez, who was often awakened in the middle of the night when a major incident happened.
Sgt. Rick Martinez has been with APD for 39 years (2 years as a cadet 37 as an officer) and the PIO (Public Information Officer) for the last 10 years. I'm sure everyone who watches So Cal news has seen Rick at least once during his 10 year stint as the PIO. Rick retired along with other officers on Thursday 12/29 after a long and glorious career with APD.
I have had the pleasure of working with Rick for almost 11 years and must say he was indeed the nicest officer you would want to meet and work with. Good luck Rick and we will all miss you.
PS: The Register article along with the slide show and video was nicely done and very professional. I guess even the anti-police OC Register could not find anything bad to say about Rick as well.......