Award Winner – 2012
Exceptional Service Award
Selected for the 2012 O.J. “Bud” Hawkins’ Exceptional Service Award is Lou Madeira, Special Consultant (Retired), Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Lou Madeira began his career in public service more than 40 years ago as a volunteer with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. In 1972, Lou joined the CSU Hayward Police Department as a patrolman and served as a sergeant and lieutenant. In October 1976, he was appointed to the San Leandro Police Department as a police officer. He was promoted to sergeant in July 1981 and served as the agency’s Training Manager. Lou was also President of the California Association of Police Training Officers (CAPTO), north division, for many years. Lou brought his considerable talents to POST on June 30, 1987, when he was appointed as a Law Enforcement Consultant II in the Training Program Services Bureau. Lou is a well known advocate for increasing professionalism in public safety communications. As a regional consultant, Lou recognized the need for more public safety dispatcher-related training. In 2001, he set up a series of instructor development workshops for dispatchers, which resulted in 90 trained instructors and the development of 18 courses. The expanded course outlines for these courses were put on the POST Learning Portal and made available to be downloaded and adapted for local presentation. Lou retired from POST on August 31, 2006. However, he was appointed as a Retired Annuitant the following day and remained an active and contributing member of the POST team for the remainder of his life.
Lou was a gentleman and a consummate professional who truly cared about his work and brought energy, inspiration, and passion to everything he did. While we are saddened by Lou’s passing, his legacy will live on at POST and among the many law enforcement constituent groups he worked so tirelessly to assist.
Accepting this award on behalf of Lou Madeira was his son, Peter Madeira who represented the "Madeira" family.