Last week, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Sergeant Ronald Burgess Jr. was awarded with the Richard A. Rose Career Achievement Award. The award was established by the honorary members of the Long Beach Police Officers Association in memory of Sergeant Richard A. Rose, and it is bestowed upon an active police officer who has a minimum of 20 years of service with the LBPD and has demonstrated outstanding integrity, loyalty, and professionalism throughout his career.
Burgess is a 25-plus year veteran of the department. During his career, he has served as a patrol officer, a field training officer, and as a felony unit. He was a member of SWAT for nine years until being promoted to the rank of sergeant in June of 2000. While on SWAT, he became an MP-5 submachine gun instructor, trained as a sniper, and was one of the first EMTs on the team.
Burgess has also taught numerous courses at the Long Beach Police Academy and has received more than 50 commendations and numerous meritorious awards and unit citations. He was selected as Police Officer of the Year in 1998 by the Long Beach Police Officers Association honoraries and awarded a Silver Star for bravery from the American Police Hall of Fame.
Burgess is currently assigned as the supervisor of the Port Security Unit, which was formed in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks to ensure and support security in the second largest port in the nation.
Burgess’s father, Ronald Burgess Sr., also served on the LBPD for 37 years. He was also a sniper on SWAT who was awarded a Purple Heart after being shot in the line of duty by an armed suspect.
Background on Sergeant Richard A. Rose
Rose served the LBPD for 30 years working as a patrol officer and a vice and homicide detective. He was promoted to sergeant in January 1994 and was later assigned to the office of the Chief of Police as the employee relations sergeant until the end of his career with the police department. During his career, he was selected as one of LBPD’s “Top Cops” in 1990 and the recipient of the Michael Sergi Award in 1998. He also received more than 60 commendations from residents, civic groups and other law-enforcement agencies. Rose retired from the department on Oct. 23, 1998 and lost his battle with esophageal cancer the following month.