November 30, 1955 - October 10, 2007
Sgt. Marcus Frank was hired by the Westminster Police Department in February 1979. During his 27 year career Marcus spent over 19 years dedicated to fighting crime, particularly in regard to the vulnerable refugee population in Westminster’s Little Saigon area during some of the most important years of its establishment. Sgt. Frank was the first investigator in Orange County assigned exclusively to the investigation of Asian criminal activities and investigated over 2000 Asian gang crimes. He was the case agent of several intellectual property counterfeit cases known to be the largest cases of their type in the United States.
Sgt. Frank was asked to provide information to President’s Commission on Organized Crime as it pertained to Asian gangs; He testified on Asian criminal enterprises for the California Governor’s Commission on crime; and he testified on Asian criminal enterprises for the California Senate Sub-Committee on drug trafficking.
In 1998, Sgt. Frank received the prestigious Frederick Milton Award by the National Gang Crime Research Center for his efforts in gang research and education on Asian gangs. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Asian Gang Investigator of the Year award from the International Association of Asian Crime Investigators.
Sgt. Frank provided training in the area of Asian criminal enterprises to law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys in 21 states across the country and four provinces in Canada. Because of his substantial achievements, the Federal State Department invited Sgt. Frank to be the first local law enforcement officer to visit and lecture government officials in the country of Vietnam concerning crimes involving trademark infringement.
Through Sgt. Frank’s tremendous efforts in the area of Asian gangs and organized crime investigations, he brought accolades to both himself and the Westminster Police Department from law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and throughout the world.
Marcus retired from WPD in December 2006, but due to his love of policing, continued working as a reserve officer in the Crimes Against Public unit and most recently helped establish the newly formed Special Investigations Unit. In 2007, Marcus received the Bronze Medal of Merit and the Westminster Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award for his many career achievements.
Sgt. Frank lost his battle with an extended illness on October 10, 2007. Sgt. Frank’s dedication to the City of Westminster and his vast knowledge in the area of Asian Organized Crime will truly be missed. Marcus is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and his adult sons Eric, Bryan, and Andrew.