After 28 years of service to the City of Hawthorne, Chief of Police Robert Fager retired on Friday, October 26, 2018.
Chief Fager was appointed as Hawthorne Police Department’s Chief in December of 2010 after serving as Interim Chief starting in May of that year. Over the following eight years, Chief Fager directed and oversaw significant Departmental reorganizations that established a contemporary value-building philosophy toward Hawthorne’s public safety mission.
Chief Fager’s organizational reforms began with the creation of the Department’s Community Affairs Unit in 2011. Always a strong advocate for community engagement, he asked this unit to markedly develop and fulfill a new mantra, one built on focused relationship-building with the Hawthorne community.
Sitting at the forefront of many innovative programs is Coffee with a Cop which became a nationally recognized program when it became endorsed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Growing every year, Coffee with a Cop is now hosted by agencies in every U. S. state and in over 18 countries, internationally.
Another notable program-partnership grew from relationships with the major league Soccer franchise LA Galaxy and corporate partners Chevrolet and Herbalife. The first project involved repurposing sparsely-used tennis courts at two city parks into futsal courts. Today, Hawthorne PD staff is mentoring children of all ages each week as they play competitive games and interact in life learning-lessons.
In similar fashion, a partnership with the National Hockey League Players Association resulted in the creation of a boys & girls youth hockey team. The Hawthorne Force, a roster of children 14-years of age and under from the local
community, come together to learn and play ice hockey (a sport often both unavailable, and financially unattainable, for most of our families).
Each of these sport-based endeavors allows platforms for Hawthorne Police Staff to engage and build positive relationships with community youth and parents alike.
The Hawthorne City Council appointed Michael Ishii as interim Police Chief in October 2018.