PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council paid tribute to Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Deputy George Oriel at the Dec. 5 Council Meeting for his years of service to the community and his upcoming retirement.
Oriel was presented with a commendation by Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. Palmdale Station Caption Bobby Denham accompanied Oriel during the presentation and spoke in glowing terms of his tenure with the Palmdale station.
Oriel began his law enforcement career as a cadet in 1971 with the Metropolitan Police Department in London. After coming to the United States, he began working for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) in October 1987. Oriel completed his LASD Academy training in June 1988, and from June of 1988 to Jan. of 1990, he was assigned to the Custody North/South Facility.
In 1994, Oriel transferred to the Antelope Valley, working at the Antelope Valley and Lancaster stations before arriving in Palmdale. Since 2006, he served as the City Liaison and helped build and maintain strong relations between the Palmdale station and City staff.
Oriel is slated to retire on December 31, 2012 after a combined total of 37 years in law enforcement.
“On behalf of the entire City Council, I do hereby deem it an honor and a pleasure to extend this Commendation to Deputy George Oriel and offer our best wishes for many more happy and productive years in the future,” Ledford said.