2008 Award Recipient – Frank Tavelman

Frank, is a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney assigned to the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section (“CAPOS”).  As a prosecutor in that unit, Mr. Tavelman prosecutes solely the murder, attempted murder, and major violent assaults against police officers and deputy sheriffs.  Prior to joining CAPOS, Mr. Tavelman was assigned to the Career Criminal Unit where he prosecuted multiple defendant cases who were engaged in crime sprees in the jurisdictions of multiple police agencies.  Some of Mr. Tavelman’s current cases involve the attempted murder of two Pomona Police detectives and a deputy district attorney, as well as the attempted murder of two Los Angeles Police Officers who were attacked and shot at 17 times with an AK-47 type assault rifle striking one of the officers three times.Mr. Tavelman is also the Senior Vice President for the Association of Deputy District Attorneys where he has taken an active role in reviewing legislation, and in seeking to expand victims’ rights in the criminal justice system.  In addition to serving the community as a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Tavelman is also a reserve Los Angeles Police Officer where he volunteers to serve as a uniformed police officer.  As such, he sees the impact crime has on victims, both as a responding police officer and as a criminal prosecutor.