Two New Officers Join Ranks of Burbank Police Department


Two Burbank Police Department Recruits graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Academy on February 21.

Burbank Police Officers French (left) and Totemwongs
Burbank Police Officers Paul French (left) and Kristopher Totemwongs

Officer Kristopher Totemwongs, elected as the Class President, delivered his very substantive President’s Address in a polished and professional manner. Additionally, he was awarded the Outstanding Officer Award, which is presented to the recruit who has distinguished himself by earning the highest number of points overall in the Academy. Through his constant demonstration of excellence, he surpassed the effort of his 68 classmates to earn this coveted award. Officer Totemwongs is from Burbank, he attended John Burroughs High School and California State University at Los Angeles. His prior employment was in private industry.

Our second graduate, Officer Paul French, graduated in the top 10% of the class and was designated as the Class Guidon Bearer. The Class Guidon Bearer is chosen by his fellow recruits as one who portrays the epitome of motivation, integrity, and leadership throughout the Academy. Officer French is from the local area, he attended Advantage Preparatory High School and College of the Canyons. He is a seven year veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and served two tours of duty in Iraq.

Chief LaChasse recognized the graduate’s success by stating, “The high class standings are a tribute to their personal qualities, determination, and commitment to excellence. The results are an affirmation of the Department’s selection process and diligent work of the COP’s Bureau.”