LAPD: LAPD/Communications said goodbye to Jean Sarfaty with a COVID-safe final roll call Feb. 11 at the Valley Communications Dispatch Center (VCDC) before her ultimate retirement date of May 8. Jean retires as a Police Service Rep II (911 Operator) after 24 years of City service. Her coworkers bid her farewell with flowers, an autograph board, gift cards and a retirement shirt.
Her end of watch broadcast was read by colleague and good friend Cheryl Chase Feb. 11. “Cheryl and I became best friends, sharing our love of animals and doing Sunday Fundays at the center, where we had drawings for Lotto tickets and, during the pandemic, Cheryl would give prizes such as Lysol sprays and wipes, really helping to keep the PSRs safe from the COVID virus!”
Jean has been a Club Rep for approximately 15 years, serving Club Members in her department access their Club benefits and discounts. She received the coveted Club retirement plaque from Club COO Robert Larios through the mail, due to COVID protocols. “The plaque you sent me is beautiful and very much appreciated!” she wrote after receiving it.
She began her service on April 14, 1997, starting at the Communications Division Center (CDC) four floors below City Hall, then transferred to the Metro Communications Dispatch Center (MCDC) across from City Hall, then to the Valley Communications Dispatch Center (VCDC), “which luckily for me was only 2.6 miles from my house!”
During her career, she was also a member of the Care, Concern and Support Association to support Police Service Representatives in many different ways.
“I truly appreciated my job as a Police Service Representative, being able to help the callers, making a difference and calming those in their time of need,” Jean said about her LAPD Communications career. “It was an exciting and fulfilling experience. I appreciated all of my co-workers who were always willing to give their support and the Supervisors who were there in time of need.
“I also couldn’t have done this without the incredible help from my husband, Ron Sarfaty, a former LASD Deputy Sheriff who helped me to study every single night until I qualified. His support was amazing.”
Jean’s retirement plans are to travel, spend more time with her family and grandchildren and to volunteer at animal shelters.
On a note from Alive!, Jean has proven a big help in gathering the names and photos of those in the 911 centers who participated in the fun, annual Halloween costume contests, and has helped with photo identifications and department news updates in general. She vows to continue to help us publish the news of the department, for which we’re grateful.
From Alive! and the Club, we wish Jean and Ron a wonderful retirement.