Investigator Anthony “Tony” Pellegrino received the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks’ Enrique Camarena Award. This award recognizes and honors law enforcement officers who have made a significant contribution in the field of drug prevention.
The District Attorney Bureau of Investigation nominated Tony for the drug awareness and prevention classes he has been teaching at Westview High School for the past 11 years. Tony volunteers his time to teach 16 classes each year to all freshman students. He utilizes his over 30 years of experience in law enforcement to make the narcotic presentations authentic and real. He has expanded the course to also cover drug-facilitated sexual assault. Over the years, Tony has volunteered over 400 hours and has had an impact on approximately 5,000 students.
On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Tony was honored at the Encinitas Elks Lodge, where he was recognized for his contributions in drug prevention and presented with a certificate.