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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.

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.

October 2018

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer David Hunter, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Hunter was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Lawrence Wentzell, who spoke on his behalf, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs, including Captain James Flynn, who also provided positive feedback.
 
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Wentzell described an incident on October 6, 2018, during which Officer Hunter and Officer Michael Chalmers arrested a male suspect for Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and other related charges.  He reported that the officers, who were working in Car 11, were on patrol when Officer Hunter observed a male party dressed in a black hoodie retreat into a driveway at a Boston Street address, as their marked cruiser drove by.  Officer Hunter immediately advised Officer Chalmers, and then turned the cruiser around to investigate. The suspect was found to be wearing a shoulder holster, and a loaded 9 mm Taurus pistol was located nearby in the area where the male had been attempting to hide.  It was subsequently verified that the individual had a prior firearms conviction and a drug history.  As stated by Lieutenant Wentzell, “It is likely that the suspect was either going to commit a home invasion or an armed robbery, based on his actions and violent criminal history.” He further relayed that “this arrest was the direct result of Officer Hunter’s proactive awareness and initiative in stopping to investigate suspicious activity, and that “his presence and knowledge of his route resulted in a felony arrest and the seizure of a loaded firearm.” Lieutenant Wentzell also noted that this incident has also been recommended for commendation by Officer Hunter’s sector sergeant.
 
As reported by Lieutenant Wentzell, “Officer Hunter is a conscientious and diligent officer with an unassuming professional manner who performs the daily functions of the Second Division routinely and consistently.  He conducts traffic enforcement on a regular basis, including utilizing radar, and also focuses on problem areas on his route.  He recently filed a CLT slip to address a gridlock issue in Austin Square, along with a recommendation to resolve the problem. He addresses curfew violations, which is an important Second Division function and he is consistently diligent with serving assigned paperwork.” He further stated that “Officer Hunter is a reliable officer who conducts these tasks without reminder or directed assignment, and he is an asset to the Division as a steward and as a mentor to younger officers.” 
           
 Congratulations and thank you to Officer Hunter for a job well done.

September 2018

his month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Joseph Curley, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Curley 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, including Sergeant Robert Avery, who also provided positive feedback.

 In his written nomination, Lieutenant Kenny explained that Officer Curly has been with the Department for over six years and has never been selected as Officer of the Month.  He mentioned that Officer Curley is primarily assigned to Cars 8 and 15 on the Third Division and stated that in his time as Commanding Officer of that shift, “he has come to appreciate Officer Curley’s consistent reliability, day in and day out.“
 
Lieutenant Kenny also stated that, “Officer Curley has a great awareness of his surroundings and is constantly vigilant in his duties,” as demonstrated during a recent incident on September 22, 2018. He explained that while on proactive patrol, Officer Curley came across a road rage incident that turned into a fight in the street between two parties. As explained by Lieutenant Kenny, one of the parties violently bit the other on the neck, “and due to Officer Curley’s awareness and quick response to control the combatants and the scene, a much more devastating outcome was avoided.”
 
Lieutenant Kenny reported that in speaking with Drug Task Force OIC Sergeant Avery, Officer Curley was described as “someone who knows the players in the city, and is routinely relied upon to identify these players during investigations.”  Sergeant Avery also relayed that “Officer Curley is one of the first officers he will call when looking for a stop or requesting assistance, due to his knowledge and willingness to assist.”
 
As stated by Lieutenant Kenny, “Officer Curley is one of the most reliable officers on the Third Division.  He consistently and humbly performs his duties, from the mundane to the extraordinary, with the utmost attention and professionalism, and is deserving of recognition.”
           
            Congratulations and thank you to Officer Curley for a job well done.
 
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