Detective, Los Angeles California Police Department
Detective Orlando Martinez has been a sworn police officer for 29 years, and he is currently assigned to the prestigious Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD. He has been a detective for more than 20 years, during which he investigated murders for 15 years. He has spent the past several years analyzing and investigating hate crimes in the City of Los Angeles. He has authored training for law enforcement and community groups; conducted and overseen hate crime and hate incident investigations; and assisted the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), which sets minimum selection and training standards for California law enforcement, complete a Hate Crime Model Policy and training videos. He was awarded the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Helene and Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate and was recognized by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism for excellence in his efforts during the fight against hate
It is a tragic reality that hateful ideology has found fertile ground online and offline, with consequences affecting not only Americans but people around the world. We cannot stand idle in the face of bias, bigotry, and extremism. Together, at the Eradicate Hate Summit and beyond, the collective will of individuals and organizations is needed to galvanize all people of good will to protect and defend our communities.