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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.

August 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Pablo Figueroa, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Figueroa’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Lieutenant Robert Godbout, seconded by Captain James Flynn and Lieutenant Michael Kenny; and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. 

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Godbout stated that “Officer Figueroa is a reliable and conscientious police officer who is familiar with his route and the players involved.  He is active and always willing to back-up other officers on their calls.” He then described a recent incident in which Officer Figueroa and his partner Officer McEachern responded to a B&E in progress at an Autumn Street location.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they entered the building, and soon located and arrested the suspect inside a female’s residence.  The male party, who had entered the apartment through an unlocked window, was subsequently charged with B&E night time. 

Lieutenant Godbout reported that “Officer Figueroa has shown time after time that he is more than competent on the street, as well as inside the signal room.”  He noted that “Officer Figueroa is 911 certified and fills in for missing house personnel without complaint,” and that “he is a valuable asset both inside the station and on the street due to his bi-lingual skills.”  Lieutenant Godbout also relayed that Officer Figueroa was recently asked to respond to Salem P.D. to represent our department when our communication system was shut down for updating, and his response was “whatever we need.” 

An additional submission from Captain James Flynn stated that during his time as the Second Division OIC, “Officer Figueroa distinguished himself as reliable and conscientious, always backing up his co-workers and completing every task that was assigned to him in a timely fashion.” 

Lieutenant Michael Kenny also reported that “Officer Figueroa has built a reputation as a quiet professional in the execution of his duties,” and was in agreement that “he is always willing to step forward and assist when things need to get done, particularly those tasks that many street officers may find unappealing.”  He also pointed out that in February of this year, the Boston Police Fugitive Unit came into the city in search of a homicide suspect; and that in a follow up email to the LPD which noted the professionalism and courtesy shown to them; Officer Figueroa was one of the officers praised. 

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

July 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Mark Duran, who is assigned to the First Division. Officer Duran’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Lieutenant David Brown, seconded by Lieutenant Robert Godbout, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. 

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown reported that Sergeant Carrow and Sergeant Wojewodzic suggested the nomination of Officer Duran, a six year veteran who currently works in Patrol Units 9 and 15, by stating that “he is a very proactive officer who does not shy away from initiative and innovation when it comes to problem solving on his assigned routes.”  One example noted was “Officer Duran’s efforts in response to the recent and ongoing problems that have plagued a known Washington Street building and the immediate area.”  As was stated by Sergeant Carrow and Sergeant Wojewodzic, “Officer Duran is also a very informed officer concerning issues on his route and the persons responsible for any anti-social and criminal behavior.  He demonstrates a command presence on scene, controls the incident, is very thorough in his investigations, and then resolves the incident.  His report writing is exceptional as well.”

It was also reported by the sergeants that “Officer Duran has been exemplary in the role of a training officer, when it comes to assigning newer, younger officers to work with an experienced veteran.”  They relayed that “he continues to display a high level of professionalism and dedication to duty, no matter who he is assigned to work with; and is a valuable asset when it comes to utilizing his leadership and mentoring abilities.” 

As stated by Lieutenant Brown, “Officer Duran owns his route, and always goes above and beyond to handle his calls, and to address the quality of life issues in a very busy section of the city. He gets things done, no matter how unpleasant the task. “ 

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

June 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Thomas Morley, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Morley’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Deputy Desmarais and was approved by many of our COs/OICs.

As noted in our written nomination, Officer Morley has long worked a busy route with a lot of ongoing problems that require regular attention. He continues to work this route after many years, out of his commitment to his partners and his commitment to route ownership. He often uses his personality and his verbal skills to address situations so that they end without an arrest, or at least without a struggle. On Tuesday of this week, Officer Morley played a key role in talking an armed party, who was wanted for a freshly committed felony, out of a barricaded home.

Officer Morley recognizes the need, and the expectation that society now places upon us to deescalate situations, and to be better prepared for this he voluntarily became one of the Department’s Crisis Negotiators and also attended Crisis Intervention Training. Officer Morley has also been the subject of many Letters of Appreciation from the family members of people that he has taken the time to assist, and his sense of humor at Third Division Roll Call can sometimes make the start of the shift a bit easier for everyone.

In addition, Lieutenant Richard Donnelly also submitted positive feedback on behalf of Officer Morley, noting that “he is an informed officer concerning issues on his route and the persons responsible for any anti-social and criminal behavior.”  He further stated that “no matter who he is assigned with, he continues to display a high level of professionalism and dedication to duty.  He is a valuable asset to the Department and always willing to assist when he is called upon.”

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

May 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Michael Crosby, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Crosby was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Michael Kenny, who spoke on his behalf, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. In addition, Lieutenant Wentzell, Lieutenant Coleman, and Sergeant Nardone all submitted positive feedback on behalf of Officer Crosby, including praise for his efforts as a “conscientious, diligent, and dependable patrol officer” and as “an excellent defensive tactics instructor who represents the department well.”
 
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Kenny explained that he had attended the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), which was held at the GE the previous week; and that Officer Crosby, along with Lieutenant William Sharpe, Officer Michael McHale, and Officer Taylor Haberek instructed the active shooter response training geared toward first responders.
 
As stated by Lieutenant Kenny “While all of the instructors were well informed and provided excellent instruction; Officer Crosby stood out as having an exceptional grasp of the course material and conducted himself with impressive professionalism.” He further relayed that “Officer Crosby brought high energy to the instruction, made the role play scenarios realistic, and kept the attention of all in attendance throughout the two day training.” He further noted that “it was obvious that Officer Crosby put a lot of time and energy into preparation.” 
 
Lieutenant Kenny also pointed out that there were many officers from different departments throughout the area in attendance for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, and stated that “he was thoroughly impressed with how Officer Crosby represented the Lynn Police Department,” and that “he is deserving of recognition for his efforts.”
 
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Crosby for a job well done.
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