PVE Police Department Wall of Fame


Dreiling in Uniform w Flag
Fmr. Chief of Police Daniel Dreiling (1981 – 2012)

Obviously, at the top of the list of the PVE Police Department Wall of Fame is former Chief of Police Daniel Dreiling.  Dreiling served with the Police Department for 31 years, and became the city’s ninth police chief in 2004. He announced his retirement from the force in March 2012, but stayed on as the department’s interim police chief until the City found his replacement.  In 2013, after allegedly disgraced City Manager Judy Smith suddenly resigned and then decamped Palos Verdes Estates, Dan Dreiling filled the void by returning to civic duty as Interim City Manager.

Dreiling Dan Headshot Linked In 2014Dan Dreiling worked as a uniformed patrol officer until 1987. He is extremely proud of his early years on the department, during which Dan was instrumental in starting “Student and the Law” at the High School. Dan wrote the curriculum and taught “Student and the Law” at Palos Verdes High School for approximately three years. Many of his former students continue to keep in touch with him and have themselves, entered the law enforcement profession with other cities. In 1987, Dan Dreiling was assigned as a police detective and worked in this capacity for two years until he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and placed in charge of the detective bureau.

In 1990, Dan Dreiling graduated from the prestigious FBI – National Academy for Law Enforcement, Class 163. In 1993, he went back to patrol as a sergeant where he worked as a watch commander until his promotion to lieutenant in 1996. During that time, as a collateral duty, Dan Dreiling revised and rewrote the entire departmental policy and procedures manual. For the first time, Dreiling Dan Sen Wright Certificatethe manual was bound and officially sanctioned by the Chief of Police and the City CARES, a program designed to render greater assistance and protection to the elderly.  The successful program is being considered by other municipalities interested in implementing their own comparable program.

All things included, Dan Dreiling is most proud ofDreiling Daniel Wife and Young Boy 2014 the Dreiling family. He has been married to his beautiful and kind wife Robin for over 30 years, and has raised two wonderful sons, Daniel Jason (DJ) and Brian.


Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief Dreiling to Retire (January 2012)

PVE Police Chief Dreiling a Hero in Hotel Gunman Attack (1994)

Robinson Blitz Garcia & Chaplain Photo Day 09-22-2015 - Cropped & Annotated—————————-

Officer Louis Warnick (Unknown – Present)

Louis Warnick - the man, the officer, the legend

Louis Warnick – the man, the officer, and the legend, continues to keep the devil away from the Neighborhood Church with his tenacious, sharp clawed approach to law enforcement

As PVE folklore goes, heroism and fearlessness ran through Lou Warnick’s blood from an early age.  Tales abound the city about his storming with only his uniform on his back into a home ablaze, exiting with half a dozen spared children clinging to his back, arms and legs.  Then there is the story of Lou “the Warlock” Warnick posting up firmly in front of the Neighborhood Church, hiding calmly in the shade of a large ficus tree only to be jolted into action at the sight of evil drug traffickers that, as the tale has been told, he first detected with his supernatural hearing landing along the cove’s rocky shore below .

Lou "the Warlock" Warnick issues a directive with his manual scepter - a command that no God fearing man can ignore.

Lou “the Warlock” Warnick issues a stern directive with his manual scepter – a command that no God fearing man can ignore.  Countless lives have been saved at the tip of his wand.

How Reserve Officers Like Warnick Can Save the PVEPD (click here to see the low cost solution to PVE’s low risk crime)

Then there is the storied romance between Lou and his beautiful wife Eileen.  Long before Lou became one of Motorola’s prized employees specializing in radios and antennas, young Eileen gallivanted into Lou’s purview and their eyes locked onto each other.  The electricity was that of a lightning bolt – and the two became inseparable.  It has been said that the Warlock often thinks “What would Eileen want me to do” before engaging in his latest heroic act.  Torrance is blessed to have them protecting those neighbors fortunate enough to have Lou always on guard.


Sergeant Steve Eberhard (1990 – Present)

Eberhard Steve Headshot
Sgt. Steve Eberhard
Enemy of Drug Traffickers and Municipal Code Violators

Sergeant Eberhard has proven diligently to be an enemy of illegal drug smuggling here in our Palos Verdes area.  His long list of credits include being instrumental in the arrest of suspected drug smugglers who attempted to utilize Malaga Cove as their port of entry with reported large bales of marijuana.   Sergeant Eberhard has proven that even when others within his department may discriminate, he uniformly and consistently will enforce the PVE Municipal Code.


Corporal Greg Robinson (Unknown – Present)

Corporal Greg Robinson issuing citation unimpeded by Tony Gonzalez's weakness

Corporal Greg Robinson issuing citation unimpeded by Tony Gonzalez’s weakness and laziness

Corporal Greg Robinson
Non-Enforcement of PVEMC Ordered by Tony Gonzalez

Though Corporal Greg Robinson was instrumental in shutting down the infamous “Wedding House of Malaga Cove,”  in 2015 a series of suspect orders upon Corporal Robinson by Tony Gonzalez involving a refusal to enforce the PVEMC via any impactful means (e.g., citation, fines) almost led to his removal from Wall of Fame.


Corporal David Blitz (Unknown – Present)

Blitz David Photo Day Funny Face 09-22-2015 - Cropped & Annotated

Corporal Blitz was awarded the South Bay Medal of Honor in 1998 via its Distinguished Service Award.  Corporal Blitz has proven that even when others within his department may discriminate, he uniformly and consistently will enforce the PVE Municipal Code.


Officer Rebecca Garcia (Unknown – Present)

Garcia Rebecca Photo Day Headshot 09-22-2015

Officer Rebecca Garcia continues to impress PVE residents with her professionalism and related refusal to selectively enforce the law.  Many have commented that she seems worthy of promotion to a higher rank sooner than later.

Garcia Rebecca Photo Day Arms Out 09-22-2015 - Annotated

Warlock (def.):  man who practices witchcraft; a sorcerer.

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12 thoughts on “PVE Police Department Wall of Fame

  1. This shooting of police officers in Dallas tonight is so repulsive and angering to me I had to post a comment:


    The statistics of white-on-black violence vs. black-on-white violence show that there is only evidence for a preponderance of the latter vs. the former. Making matters worse, does any race engaging in violent protests (think Ferguson) think that will make other races more or less fearful when confronted, and thus might be more or less likely to interpret actions by the protesting race as life threatening? Where are the white or Latino or Asian protests of murders of their race by blacks? You don’t see them because that is not apparently how they seek to fix a problem.

    Everyone should be colorblind. You judge someone on their actions, or inactions, contributions for withdrawals from society. If the world worked that way, does any non-white race really think that they wouldn’t be harmed by favorable discrimination (getting into a college, getting elected to highest office in the land, etc.)?

  2. Holy bike-to-hike, Batman! Finally news of a member of the PVEPD leaving his cozy, shiny car and engaging in a real, sweat inducing act of law enforcement:

    April 8
    Attempted burglary
    At about 12:57 a.m. in the 100 block of Palos Verdes Drive West, an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a bicyclist and a foot pursuit ensued. Officers subsequently arrested the subject for attempted burglary, possession of stolen property, and resisting an officer.


    Does anyone know which officer committed this normal LA County (abnormal for PVE) exertion of effort and voluntary acceptance of risk to stop a law breaker?

    1. It was Steve Lebeau who chased this criminal down. Yeah, he’s usually a PVE resident disrespecting POS, but at least in this case he was one of the few guys on force fit enough to chase down more than a rolling donut. Thanks, Stevie!

  3. I don’t know the identity of which PVEPD officer pulled over this law breaking bicyclist, but he deserves kudos. The preponderance of bikers on PV Drive West who are breaking the CVC law against lateral riding in the path of cars but at less than the posted speed limit is OUT OF CONTROL. This officer isn’t one of those vast majority who is too lazy and doesn’t care enough about the PVE residents to do anything about it.

    Traffic offense – March 10

    At about 7:25 p.m. in the 300 block of Palos Verdes Drive West, an officer conducted a traffic stop on a bicyclist and arrested the rider for no identification in possession.

  4. Last week when I was away from the house our security camera motion detectors went active and sent my mobile phone a stream video of someone peering into a kitchen door window. We thought might have been FedEx/UPS but couldn’t get the angle right, leading us to play it safe given the burglary wave in PVE. To the department’s credit, Steve Barber and Kyle Shea arrived promptly and appear to have done a thorough job clearing the scene. Barber even took a few minutes to call me and let me know he found a FedEx attempted delivery tag on that door’s frame. While I realize this was a simple job for which these officers are highly paid, to be fair they deserve credit when due. This is one of those times.

  5. Our neighborhood wants to thank Officer Rebecca Garcia for her diligent work around our area. Going all the way back to 2012, Garcia has acted professionally and without bias against us residents (imagine that folks!) Just in the past week, she arrived within minutes of a call about possible illegal activity in front of our street and even after that was nice enough to talk to a neighbor with an update. Why hasn’t she been promoted to a higher rank?

    1. It may be due to the fact that she is also consistently UNprofessional. In fact, she nearly had a [REDACTED] on her hands last year.

      1. Anonymous – in fairness to Officer Garcia, please provide evidence of some kind to support your contention that “she nearly had a section 1983 civil rights lawsuit on her hands last year.” You have one week until June 1, 2016, to provide that to avoid removal of this part of your comment. The first sentence shall remain irrespective as it is your own personal opinion.

  6. This guy Warnick is the best deal the city has going for it! He essentially works for free, and parks his squad car along the street with him often outside the car. So for that near zero amount of expense we get the same thing or MORE than the taxpayers get for $170,000 a year from the Keystone Cops of Steve Lebeau or Tony Gonzalez. Like the skit said, “This song needs some more Warnick (cowbell)!”

  7. Why hasn’t PVE Police Sgt. Steve Lebeau been nominated to the Wall of FAME? Seems he is a good guy . I even heard that during this holiday season Lebeau took a homeless guy off the street just so he would have a warm place to sleep for the night. Now if that doesn’t say holiday spirit, what does?

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