The Oceanside Police Department named Officer Matt Lyons as the Officer of the Quarter Award for the Second Quarter of 2012.

Lyons was selected because of his diligence and proactive focus within the Crown Heights Neighborhood, where prior to his assignment to this beat, there was a spike in gang activity to include gang related homicides and a series of shootings.

During this quarter, Officer Lyons took it upon himself to take extra steps both on and off duty to assure residents in this community of the department’s commitment to reduce crime and the fear of crime in their neighborhood.

These steps included but were not limited to meeting with the staff of North County Lifeline at the Americanization School on a regular basis, spending quality time with community youth, serving as a neighborhood ambassador, and encompassing the community policing philosophy to build partnerships and immediately address crime issues swiftly and fairly.

Additionally the Commander of the Field Operation Division, Captain Tom Aguigui said in his letter announcing the award. “In addition to your outstanding efforts in Crown Heights, your supervisory staff received numerous calls and letters from various community groups, citizens, and non-profit organizations commending you (Officer Lyons) for your genuine concern for those who live, work, and visit the City of Oceanside.

The Officer of the Quarter award recognizes police department employees who have provided exemplary service to the community or performed in a manner worthy of recognition.

Lyons is a retired U.S. Marine of 22 years and a 12 veteran of the Oceanside Police Department.



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  1. Steve
    August 7, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I have know Officer Lyons for years and this award not only reflects everything he does in his professional life, but his personal life as well.

    Job well done Officer Lyons !

  2. Shirl
    August 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Congratulations Matt!! You are an outstanding officer and I am proud to be your colleague and friend…

  3. Crown Heights Staff & Youth!
    August 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Thank you for making a differnce in the many young lives you’ve touched and the Crown Heights Community. We are so proud of you Officer Lyons!

  4. Lu
    August 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Officer Lyons is my proffesor at CTC Camp Pendleton and I am proud to be associated with this man in any way shape or form.

  5. Reagan’s kids
    February 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    “Many people live their entire lives wondering if they made a real difference in the world. U.S. Marines don’t have that problem.” -Pres. Ronald Reagan, 1985.

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