Three Fresno law officers will be presented the 2017 Top Cop award during the Fresno Exchange Club’s annual luncheon May 18 at Sunnyside Country Club.
The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will honor Dave Standley of the Fresno Police Department, James Lyman of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and Christian Martorana of the California Highway Patrol.
Standley is an 18-year veteran of the department with experience in patrol and the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium. He has also been an auto-theft detective.
He works as a student resource officer at Phoenix Secondary School, a program for at-risk students in southeast Fresno. Standley is known for building relationships to help break down barriers between law enforcement and students through mentoring. During one Thanksgiving holiday, a student whose family was facing financial hardship could not afford food. Standley provided a full dinner for the family.
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Lyman has been with the sheriff’s office for more than 30 years. He has served as a reserve deputy, a correctional officer, a bailiff, in MAGEC and as a board member of the California Gang Task Force. Now, he is a patrol training officer and known for leading in voluntary overtime worked in 2015 and 2016.
In 2015, Lyman made 206 arrests and 192 in 2016.
Martorana has worked for the CHP for 18-plus years, starting in Hollister, Gilroy and Los Banos. Known for his dedication in stopping impaired drivers, he furthered his expertise by becoming a drug recognition evaluator in 2002. Martorana has trained hundreds of officers statewide.