City prosecutor announces winners of this year’s IMPACT awards

The Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday announced the winners of the eighth annual IMPACT awards for those who have made a positive impact in the city.

This year’s winners include:

  • Long Beach Police Detective Steve Fox, who will be given the Kim Maddox Impact Award for his investigation of vehicle-related crimes, including a significant case where a truck driver was convicted of manslaughter after a jury trial in August 2018.
  • Jason Ballou and Evelina Rubio, of Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, South Bay/Long Beach, for assisting with intensive case management and housing for homeless individuals.
  • Cinthya Alcaraz of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Court Linkage Program, and Bill Tarkanian of Los Angeles Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse for helping to initiate and administer Long Beach’s Priority Access Diversion program, connecting persons suffering from mental illness and substance abuse to residential treatment as an alternative to incarceration.
  • Long Beach Police Officers Nicholas Kent and Brendan Murphy, both foot patrol officers assigned to Belmont Shore, for their assistance with the City Prosecutor’s Neighborhood Impact Prosecutor program and curbing crime in Belmont Shore.
  • Long Beach Police Detective Denise Green, for her exceptional work in investigating and assisting in the trial of a case involving the sexual assault of a woman.
  • Downtown Long Beach Alliance and Broc Coward for partnering with the Long Beach Prosecutor’s Office to pioneer and implement the Neighborhood Impact Prosecutor program in Long Beach.
  • Washington Middle School Principal Megan Traver for her efforts in connection with the “All In” program, a City of Long Beach and LBUSD partnership to reduce chronic truancy.
  • Long Beach Lifeguard Captain Scott Dixon and Long Beach Police Officer Jason Lehman, for their assistance with the City Prosecutor’s Summer Internship Program and Rockett Academy educational program.
  • Long Beach Clean Team, the team of dedicated city employees focused on areas in most need of debris removal, for its assistance with cleanup of encampments near beaches, rivers and parks.

City Prosecutor Doug Haubert in a statement said the awards are meant to highlight the “great work of others.”

“My office is always looking for ways to innovate, but we cannot do it alone,” he said. “Long Beach is a special city, and it takes the efforts of many partners to accomplish what we have accomplished.”

The awards will be presented at a reception next week.

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].