LAPD Bids Farewell to Retired Sgt. DeWayne Williams

Retired Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun presents Sgt. DeWayne Williams with a plaque and other gifts as Williams’ wife Valeria captures her husband’s retirement event on camera Thursday at the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Retired Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun, right, presents retiring Sgt. DeWayne Williams with all of the badges he has worn during his career with the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
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The Los Alamos Police Department held a retirement event for Sgt. DeWayne Williams Thursday in police headqarters. Williams, 48, has served the Los Alamos community for nearly two decades. He is a pistol expert who taught firearms training and defensive tactics training for the department. 
 
“I decided that it’s time to leave the department and do something else,” Williams told the Los Alamos Daily Post during an interview in his office last week. “It will also give me the opportunity to spend more time with my family and that is something I’m really looking forward to.”
 
Williams joined the Los Alamos Police Department in July 1994 and the highlight of his career was working in investigations.
 
“I will most miss working as a detective,” Williams said of his 24 years in law enforcement.
 
Williams intends to spend more time with his family in his retirement and said he also looks forward to doing more hunting and trout fishing.
 
Sgt. DeWayne Williams’ wife, sons, daughter-in-law, parents and uncle gather for a photo at Thursday’s retirement event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Retiring Police Sgt. DeWayne Williams is served an extra large slice of cake at his party Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
One of the department’s most highly respected police officers, Tom Tucker, left, who retired several years ago, congratulates Sgt. DeWayne Williams on his retirement Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Sgt. Jeremy Duran, left, and Cpl. Oliver McCartney, right, congratulate Sgt. DeWayne Williams Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From right, Wendy Strain, Tom Tucker and Sgt. Monica Salazar and others at Thursday’s retirement event for Sgt. DeWayne Williams at the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Scenes from Thursday’s retirement event for Sgt. DeWayne Williams at the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Retired Police Chief Wayne Torpy, right, wishes Sgt. DeWayne Williams well in his retirement. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Det. Paige Early, left, and membes of Sgt. DeWayne Williams’ family at Thursday’s retirement event.  Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Scenes from Thursday’s retirement event for Sgt. DeWayne Williams at the Los Alamos Police Department. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com     
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