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    Officer Mitchell T. Kato


    In service: 1980-1998

    Officer Mitch Kato was an 18 year veteran with the Santa Monica Police Department and an Army veteran.  Officer Kato joined the Army in 1974 and served four years in the Armored Division receiving an honorable discharge from military service.  Mitch joined the Santa Monica Police Reserve Officers Program in 1979 and became a Santa Monica police officer in 1980.  Officer Kato used his range of talents while serving in many assignments;  Vice, Motors, Mounted Patrol, Third Street Promenade Bike Unit, and his final assignment, Police Activities League (PAL) Officer.   He worked all of his assignments with enthusiasm, diligence and care for the community he served.

    Officer Kato lost his life to a long battle with cancer.

    Age: 49 

      End of Watch: December 9, 1998
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