12/12/2012 9:05 AM
Officer Candi Swinscoe Retirement on December 14, 2012
Candi was a waitress for 10 years before becoming a Police Officer. She was a single mom. Her Son, Derrick, was her inspiration to become a Police Officer. She had always wanted to be a Police Officer and knew she wanted to provide a good life to her son. Through many hours of hard work at the academy as well as being a mother and running a household, she graduated from The Police Academy.
Candi Swinscoe started her career 12-14-1990. She was sworn in under her maiden name, Candi Apple. In 1995 she was assigned to Acosta Plaza under a grant from Community Oriented Policing (COPS). She organized the homeowners association into a Neighborhood Watch team resulting in a dramatic decrease in crime in the area. In working with the residents in the area, she organized community events such as neighborhood watch meetings, craft fairs, bicycle rodeos as well as gatherings for community services and Bar B Ques.
Candi was the first police officer to bring the Every 15 Minutes program to Monterey County in 1998. She invested hundreds hours in this program: both duty and personal time. The event was held at Everett Alvarez High School. It involved the ENTIRE school as well as the Salinas Fire Dept., Monterey County Sheriffs Dept., California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Health and Human Resources, American Medical Response (AMR – Ambulances), local churches, many local businesses and countless volunteers. The program is this: A traffic accident is staged. There are deaths and injuries as a result. Students play the roles of the dead and injured. They are tended to by Police, Fire and ambulances. The student’s parents are notified just as if it were a real accident. The Students classmates are notified of the deaths and injuries. The student role players are sequestered over night. During this time the entire school as well as parents are educated about alcohol and driving. Then there is a ceremony to reunite the parents and students. It is very moving and life changing for some. Candi says of all that she has done as a Police Officer, this project is the one she is most proud of. Candi was awarded Officer of the Year for this program.
Candi was on the Hostage Negotiation Team from 2001 to 2006. She was called upon several times for hostage situations. During one of these events, she was able to negotiate the surrender of a man threatening suicide. She did this by the promise of a cigarette to the suspect: She followed through with her promise and gave the suspect his cigarette once in custody.
Candi has been a Crime Scene Investigator since 2001. She has processed countless scenes involving very violent and deadly crimes. She has also processed several scenes of Officer involved shootings.
Candi was also the first Officer to bring a hate crime to the Monterey County Courts. It was successfully prosecuted.
Candi has received many awards of merit throughout her career. Some of the organizations that have presented her are:
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the California Office of Traffic Safety (1998)
“In recognition of your valuable support and dedication to the Every 15 Minutes Program”
Salinas Barangay Lions Club (1998)
“In recognition of achievement above and beyond the call of duty”
California State Assembly, Assemblyman Peter Frusetta
“For unselfish service to the community”
Candi is looking forward to retirement. Her son, Derrick, his wife Traci and their children Kian and Shaylee will be visited often in Arizona. She has a home with several animals including horses, goats, cats and dogs. She is looking forward to spending time with them all and making her house look “just right.” Her husband is looking forward to a housewife because he will still be working for several years and loves her cooking and doting.
Release Authorized by:Officer Miguel Cabrera