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Officer of the Month

This award is to recognize the efforts of an individual with the rank of patrol officer, whether assigned to our Patrol Division or one of our special units, who has demonstrated exceptional dedication in the performance of his/her duties during the previous month. This could be from either a single incident or event, or from consistently performing at a high level during the entire month. The award is intended to recognize the efforts of officers that may not necessarily rise to the level of a commendation.

February 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Ralph Sirois, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Sirois was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Michael Kenny, the nomination was seconded by Lieutenant Marie Hanlon, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. In addition, Lieutenant David Brown also provided positive feedback on Officer Sirois’ behalf.
 
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Kenny noted that Officer Sirois last received this recognition in September of 2008. He further relayed that in that 2008 nomination, Deputy Chief Desmarais (then Captain of the Patrol Division) stated that “Officer Sirois was a very consistent performer who puts in a full 8 hours work for 8 hours pay.”  The 2008 nomination also noted that “Officer Sirois had excellent knowledge of the players on his route and was quick to back up his fellow officers and provide information on parties they had stopped.”
 
As reported by Lieutenant Kenny, “Over 10 years later, Officer Sirois keeps getting older and the players on the street stay the same age; but in spite of that, the above observations remain true.” He stated that “Officer Sirois has not lost a step and continues to be a true working cop who puts in a full day’s work on the street.  He knows who’s who, and where the quality of life issues are.  Officer Sirois remains a proactive force in identifying and arresting wanted parties through self-initiated police work, and is first in line to back up his fellow officers.  His experience and work ethic is something to be admired and due to those attributes, he is heavily relied upon in training our new officers.” 
 
In conclusion, Lieutenant Kenny stated that Officer Sirois was nominated for this recognition, “not for any single act or incident, but because of his consistently excellent street work that undoubtedly serves to positively impact the quality of life for the residents and businesses within the City. He is an incredible asset to the Department and is well deserving of praise.”
 
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Sirois for a job well done.

January 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Markanthony Williams, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Williams was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Michael Kenny and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. In addition, Lieutenant David Brown also provided positive feedback on Officer Williams’ behalf.
           
            In his written nomination, Lieutenant Kenny stated that “Officer Williams has established a solid reputation as a reliable and trustworthy asset to the Third Division through his consistently strong work ethic.” He further relayed that “although Officer Williams does his best work on the streets, he is often relied upon to carry out dispatching duties, and does so with the same enthusiasm he carries in a patrol car.”
            As reported by Lieutenant Kenny, “because of this great work ethic, Officer Williams was recently selected by the Third Division Command Staff to attend ‘Characteristics of Armed Gunman’ training at the Foxborough Police Department.
            Lieutenant Kenny also provided a few examples of “the strong police work conducted by Officer Williams on a daily basis”, as noted below:
  • On February 2, 2019, Officer Williams backed up Sergeant Cotter on a traffic stop, and while providing a cover position on the passenger side of the vehicle, he made keen observations of suspected drug residue inside the vehicle.  His observations led to an exit order and the seizure of suspected heroin, and an additional charge of Possession of Class A for one of the vehicle’s occupants.
  • On January 15, 2019, Officer Williams responded to a call for an out of control male at a home on Bowler Street.  Information was received that the party also had a gun and was making threats to kill family members.  Using strong tactics and verbal commands in his response to the incident, Officer Williams quickly controlled the suspect, as well as a large dog on scene.  After immediately subduing any threat, several firearms and 238 rounds of ammunition were recovered, resulting in multiple charges of possession of Firearm w/o FID and Possession of Ammo.
  • On December 14, 2018, Officer Williams responded to a carjacking incident on Broadway where Sergeant Shinnick initiated a foot pursuit of a fleeing suspect.  With several responding units giving chase, Officer Williams was able to catch up to the suspect; and after verbal commands failed, Officer Williams executed what was described as “an excellent open field takedown” to subdue the fleeing party.  His efforts directly resulted in the arrest and charges of Carjacking, ABDW, Receiving Stolen Property, and of course, Resisting Arrest.

As stated by Lieutenant Kenny, “Officer Williams’ efforts do not go unnoticed by his command staff or his peers, and he is deserving of recognition.

Congratulations and thank you to Officer Williams for a job well done.

December 2018

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Benjamin Chez, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Chez was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Lawrence Wentzell, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. In addition, Captain James Flynn also provided positive feedback on Officer Chez’s behalf.
 
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Wentzell stated that “Officer Chez is a hardworking officer who performs his duties in a consistently respectful manner.” He reported that Officer Chez is regularly assigned to Car 10 and Car 16, “two busy and challenging routes,” and also stated that “he is familiar with the problems and problem areas in these neighborhoods, and knows the people and active players.” According to Lieutenant Wentzell, “Officer Chez is often a source of information for other officers and frequently works with new officers during their assignment on Second Division.”
Lieutenant Wentzell also reported that Officer Chez was involved in numerous incidents and several arrests during the month of December, and noted the following “in which Officer Chez was instrumental.”
 
On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, a four year old child was found walking in his underwear at 7 AM on Silsbee Street.  The LPD received no report of a missing child and it was extremely difficult to get information from the child due to his age.  Officer Chez and Officer Figueroa were able to communicate with and calm the child, and also arrange for medical assistance. The child, who was still unidentified, was transported to NSCH by EMS.  Officer Chez and Officer Figueroa were then able to locate the child’s home on Broad Street with very limited information. The apartment was unoccupied, the front door was open, and the apartment was a mess. The child’s mother, who was unaware that her son was even missing, was identified after she returned home, stating that she had “gone out for a smoke”.
 
On Saturday, December 15, 2018, Officer Chez and Officer Brotherton responded to an unwanted guest at a New Park Street residence, which soon evolved into a restraining order violation and a domestic assault incident. The suspect was not on scene, having fled the apartment prior to police arrival. The victim was concerned and frightened that the suspect would return, as he had done in the past. Rather than simply document the incident and file for a criminal complaint, Officer Chez searched the apartment and the building and found the suspect hiding in the third floor stairwell. The suspect was uncooperative and combative and would undoubtedly have returned to the apartment and the victim, had Officer Chez and his partner not taken the extra effort to locate him and place him in custody.
 
As stated by Lieutenant Wentzell, “Each of these incidents is indicative of the professionalism and diligence that Officer Chez carries with him on every shift.”
           
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Chez for a job well done.

November 2018

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Cynthia Green, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Green was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Michael Kenny, and her selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. In addition, Lieutenant Marie Hanlon and Lieutenant David Brown also provided positive feedback on Officer Green’s behalf.

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Kenny reported that Officer Green has been with the Department for 32 years, and that “day in and day out, she is prepared for duty at the start of shift, and continues to perform her duties with the highest level of professionalism.”

He further stated that “on our busiest days with excessive call volumes, Officer Green consistently triages calls for help, collects appropriate information from victims and witnesses and seamlessly ensures a proper response, while keeping responding agencies informed.”

In addition, Lieutenant Kenny reported that Officer Green is “a resident expert with the CJIS system, and is heavily relied upon by him and fellow officers to provide guidance on proper notifications that are required in a timely fashion across agencies. “

As noted by Lieutenant Kenny, “after a lengthy career with the Department, Officer Green still cares, still does her job well, and in the opinion of the Third Division Command Staff, is deserving of recognition.”

Congratulations and thank you to Officer Green for a job well done.

 
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