Police Cross-Award of Special Recognition

Karen Ratcliff and Marcus Frank 2018 Recipients-  This medal and plaque will be awarded to members of the Westminster Police Department who, upon their retirement, have demonstrated a career of outstanding individual performance, which has promoted the good name of the Westminster Police Department throughout the community and beyond, or has significantly advanced the police department operations.

Karen Ratcliff began her career with the WPD as a dispatcher on Oct. 22, 1977, where she continued for 12 years before moving to the city’s water department for less than a year. Ratcliff then moved to the WPD’s Property Division in February 1989 and continued as a full-time employee until she retired on Dec. 30, 2010. She returned to the Property Division part time from 2011 to 2012 and then was a volunteer for the division from 2012 to 2015.

“During her tenure in each division, Karen exemplified the highest levels of professionalism, leadership, integrity and dedication, and as her career progressed, she became one of the most well-respected and beloved employees the department has known,” Commander Chapman said at the recent WPD awards banquet.

Sgt. Marcus Frank was the second recipient of The Police Cross. Frank passed away on October 2007. His award was accepted by his son, Eric, who works for the Brea Police Department.

“Sgt. Frank was hired by the Westminster Police Department in February 1979,” Chapman said. “During his 28-year career, he spent over 19 years dedicated to fighting crime, particularly in regard to the vulnerable refugee population. Sgt. Frank, while hesitating to call himself an expert, was known by police departments across the nation as one of the most knowledgeable sources on Vietnamese organized crime in the United States.”