Memorial: Joaquin Vega, badge #2717, was remembered at a funeral at St. Monica’s church this week. Vega was hired with the Santa Monica Police Department on October 14, 1985. He worked and supervised a variety of assignments including the Field Training Officer program, 3rd Street Bicycle Unit, Pico Neighborhood Unit, the Gang Unit and was a member of the original Metro Team (SWAT). He was promoted to Sergeant on October 24, 1999. He retired from the department on his birthday December 16, 2014. He acted as a mentor to many and always made time to share his knowledge and experiences with those less tenured than him. Vega grew up in Santa Monica and was very involved in the community.