Investigator of the Year
2014: Detective Andy Stowers
Detective Stowers has been with the department for 9 years, 5 of which he has spent in the detective bureau where he is currently assigned to the TARGET gang unit. He also spent time as a member of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force where he still teaches and consults on the subject at local law enforcement trainings. His peers described him as a highly competent investigator that often works a multitude of cases in order to assist the detective team. He has worked on complex homicide cases and assisted the Seal Beach Police Department in the investigation of Orange County's deadliest shooting rampage at Salon Meritage as well as a handful of other noteworthy murder cases. Supervisors all agree that Andy is reliable and one of the first detectives to respond to call-outs and questions about investigative matters. Many of his co-workers state he has great attitude and has kept a consistent work ethic through many changes in the bureau - one colleague called him the "rock" of the bureau referring to his steadfast commitment to getting the job done under any circumstance.
2013: Detective Ben Jaipream
2012: Detective Jim Wilson
Detective Jim Wilson has been at the Westminster Police Department for 17 years. He is currently assigned to the Detective Division and is tasked with investigating serious felony crimes including homicide and robbery. Jim has a very demanding job, but manages his workload with the highest level of professionalism. He is very well liked by his peers and respected throughout the county as an investigator. He is a great mentor to newer detectives, provides training to other employees and is frequently called as an expert witness in court. In 2012, Jim was reviewing a 2004 homicide case which had gone cold. In reviewing the case, he developed new leads which led him to re-open and actively investigate this case. I am pleased to report Detective Wilson’s keen investigative skills and tenacity in this case have led to the arrest of two suspects responsible for this homicide. It takes a certain type of person to excel in this position. There is no doubt Jim Wilson is one of those people.
Ron Weber Award – Investigator of the Year
This award is named after Lieutenant Ron Weber. Ron was a 27-year employee of the Westminster Police Department whose passion at work was investigations. Ron spent much of his career as a detective, specifically in narcotics. He passed away in 2003 due to cancer which he contracted years earlier while investigating methamphetamine labs. Ron’s memory lives on in this award as we honor a detective each year that has provided the highest caliber of investigations throughout the calendar year. Award recipients are nominated by their peers.