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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.

April 2019

 This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer John Mackin, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Mackin was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Michael Kenny, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. 

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Kenny stated that “Officer Mackin recently received a Letter of Recognition for his role in the safe handling and peaceful conclusion of a tense and life threatening situation involving an armed and suicidal party.” He also noted that “Officer Mackin has received several letters of appreciation from community members over the years thanking him for his compassion and response to incidents as simple as a well-being check during a nor’easter storm, to life saving actions in an overdose.” 

Lieutenant Kenny also reported that in discussing nominees with the Third Division Command Staff, Sergeant Timothy Donovan endorsed Officer Mackin and submitted the following on his behalf: 

  • “Officer Mackin is a veteran Officer who can be consistently relied upon to handle whatever comes his way.  Officer Mackin has made many contacts in the community in all his years as a CLT, SRO and Car 11 route officer in West Lynn.  The administration at Classical still contacts him directly with questions or concerns and Officer Mackin always takes the time to help out and handle whatever the concern.  Officer Mackin takes pride in his work and truly cares about the people who live in his area.” 
  • “The manager of King’s Lynne, Sue Vacchii, is another person who has come to rely on Officer Mackin, oftentimes contacting him directly with issues in the complex.  She has made comments to me in the past of Officer Mackin’s value to her and the staff.” 
  • Officer Mackin handles all matters, big and small, with the same level of positive vigor.  A recent example comes from a shoplifting incident at Stop & Shop. The suspects stole $70 worth of personal hygiene products.  Officer Mackin didn’t just write the report and be done with it.  He viewed the video and was able to make an identification using CJIS for one of the parties.  He then recognized a female suspect as someone who frequents the downtown area.  He contacted officers who work that route and were able to give him the name of her boyfriend.  He then found pictures in-house and identified him from the video.  He issued a summons for each party.  While this may seem like something small, it means a lot to the people and victims involved.” 
  • Sergeant Donovan noted that “Officer Mackin consistently takes extra steps and thoroughly investigates all issues because he cares.  As his direct supervisor, I never have to worry about any call that he is going to.  I know that whatever it is, it will be handled diligently and usually with a positive outcome and experience for the caller or victim.”
Lieutenant Kenny also mentioned that DTF OIC Sergeant Robert Avery relayed to him that in the beginning of April, Officer Mackin was instrumental in providing information for a Drug Task Force search warrant at Curwin Circle that resulted in an arrest for distribution of Class B and the seizure of Crack Cocaine. 
As stated by Lieutenant Kenny, “Officer Mackin is a valuable asset to the Department and the citizens of the City and is well deserving of recognition.” 
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Mackin for a job well done.

March 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Roger Tinkham, who is assigned to the First Division. Officer Tinkham was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant David Brown, the nomination was seconded by Lieutenant Marie Hanlon, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs.

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Brown explained that Officer Tinkham is a veteran officer who is assigned to East Lynn on the First Division.  He went on to say that “his strong work ethic is impressive and he always follows through on the quality of life issues, criminal investigations, or whatever ‘less glamorous’ task is asked of him.” As reported by Lieutenant Brown, “it doesn’t matter if it is a convoluted domestic, or an end of the shift OUI, Officer Tinkham cuts no corners.”

Lieutenant Brown also discussed ongoing problems with juveniles entering into the old Thurgood Marshal Middle School. He relayed that “Officer Tinkham and his partner recently encountered approximately 10 juveniles, and followed through with the tedious task of identifying them, and seeking court complaints. Additionally, he took the time to inform their schools.” As stated by Lieutenant Brown, “the easy thing would have been to just tell the kids to leave, but this would not have addressed the problem,” and then further noted that “there are numerous examples of Officer Tinkham going above and beyond to get the job done right.”

In conclusion, Lieutenant Brown also mentioned that he has utilized Officer Tinkham as a training officer for the new officers assigned to the First Division just about every night.  He then stated that, “there are other officers on nights, who are great teachers, but not every officer cares to do this every night. Officer Tinkham never complains about anything, and when the new officers are with him, I know that they are being taught to do things by the numbers.”

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

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.

 
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