"As a fellow recipient of the KCET Heroes Award, I know Deputy Christopher Landavazo is very well-deserving. He is a true Hero. His tireless efforts have led to funding organization such as mine (Vet Hunters) to keep doing the amazing work we do. He volunteers countless hours to go above and beyond serving our community and other wonderful causes." - Nominator Joe Leal, Founder & President, Vet Hunters Project
2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes nominee
Christopher T. Landavazo
- Founded Cops 4 Causes in 2005 with other police officers seeking to reach out to the community in an effort to raise money and awareness for programs offering services to children and adults with special needs. First recipient of the funds was the Special Olympics.
- Cops 4 Causes brings together musicians, artists, celebrities, members of law enforcement and the community to produce benefit concerts and events to help raise funds for causes that impact local communities.
- In 2007, Cops 4 Causes became a non-profit and expanded its mission to better serve children, adults and Law Enforcement personnel with cancer, cerebral palsy, TB, AIDS/HIV, Downs-Sydrome, MS, and other life altering disabilities.
- Landavazo is a Gulf War II veteran who served 8 years in US Navy as an Air Traffic Controller, achieving rank of Petty Officer 1st Class.
- Played an active role advocating for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and with its passage, became a Sergeant in the California State Military Reserves.
- Currently a Deputy Sheriff - a 12-year veteran of law enforcement and a 6-year member of the LA County Sheriff's Department serving in West Hollywood and South Los Angeles - as well as an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at University of Phoenix, Southern California Campus.