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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 2020

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer John Clem, who is assigned to the First Division. Officer Clem was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Richard Donnelly. In addition, positive feedback was also submitted by Lieutenant Richard Carrow, Sergeant Robert Avery, and Sergeant Timothy Donovan.

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Donnelly stated that “Officer Clem is a 9- year veteran of the Lynn Police Department and an asset on Division.” He also noted that “Officer Clem has been instrumental in assisting officers who have recently graduated from the police academy.” He reported that “the First Division street supervisors have all commented on “Officer Clem’s willingness and ability to assist the younger officers on the street,” and “are impressed with the way he carries himself.”

Lieutenant Donnelly further noted that Officer Clem “consistently backs up fellow officers and takes control of situations when needed,” and that “Officer Clem can be heard night in, and night out, assisting other cars.”

Lieutenant Donnelly also stated that “Officer Clem is an excellent dispatcher and willing to assist inside the station whenever he is needed.” He also provided two recent examples “that reflect positively upon Officer Clem and the department during the month of April.”

  • On April 07, 2020, at 2039 hours, a 29 year old victim was shot twice at a Whiting Street address. Officer Clem (Car 12) was heading that way when he diverted to catch up to the shooting suspect. A witness had called into the station and reported he was following the suspect, who was attempting to flee the scene in a motor vehicle. Officer Clem requested permission to leave the City when it appeared that the suspect vehicle was heading into Saugus. A pursuit of the suspect vehicle ensued, with three armed suspects bailing out of the car on Webb Place in Saugus. Officer Clem assisted other officers in apprehending all three suspects. Two firearms were found inside the suspect vehicle, and confiscated by the LPD.
  • On April 10, 2020, at 2231 hours, several cars responded to the area of Buffum Street on the call of gunshots. Officer Clem heard the call, and headed to that location. The scene was chaotic with multiple calls for shots fired on Willow, Oxford, and Mulberry Streets.  It was Officer Clem who was able to locate a witness and help officers understand what was happening. Officer Clem communicated that two male suspects were walking, while one of these males was firing a handgun up into the air as they walked along the streets in the downtown area.  Officer Clem gave a description of the suspects and their direction of travel. Twelve .45 cal. shell casings were found scattered on Oxford, Willow, and Mulberry Streets. Officer Clem also took the lead and responsibility of filing the initial incident report.

As stated by Lieutenant Donnelly, “Officer Clem’s willingness to assist other officers and his overall demeanor make him an asset to the Department.” He also noted that “Officer Clem has worked as a Lynn Police Officer since 2011 and never been chosen for Officer of the Month.” and that “Officer Clem does outstanding work night in and night out and deserves recognition for both of these incidents and many others.”

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

March 2020

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Pablo Figueroa, who is assigned to the First Division. Officer Figueroa was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Lawrence Wentzell. In addition, positive feedback was also submitted by Lieutenants Richard Donnelly and Robert Godbout.

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Wentzell reported that on April 5, 2020, the LPD received a call from the Phillips Care Center regarding an emergency alert that they received from an elderly client. Officer Figueroa, along with Officer Benjamin Chez, responded to an Essex Street address for a well-being check. Upon arrival, the officers found an 85 year old man who had recently been discharged from the hospital and had not eaten in several days. The officers checked and found no fresh edible food in the home, so they took it upon themselves to take immediate action and provide help. Officer Chez went to Market Basket and bought groceries for the man, while Officer Figueroa went to Brothers Deli and bought the man a hot breakfast.

Lieutenant Wentzell then relayed that when he spoke to the officers later to commend them on their actions, Officer Figueroa stated that “I think anyone would do that.” As noted by Lieutenant Wentzell, “he was not sure that he agreed that anyone would have responded in the same way,” and it was his belief that “one random act of kindness might not define character, but goes a long way, especially now.”

Lieutenant Wentzell also reported that in his prior assignments to the Morning Division, as both a Sergeant and a Lieutenant, “he could personally attest to Officer Figueroa’s dedication, attitude and overall excellent job performance. He works, and consistently has worked a difficult route covering the Highlands and the downtown area. Officer Figueroa, along with other Second Division officers, worked diligently in the fall of 2019 in to address prostitution and antisocial behavior in the Union Street area. Officer Figueroa is an officer who makes good decisions and turns them into successful outcomes. He will accept any assignment without complaint and can be relied on in any situation.”

Lieutenant Wentzell also acknowledged the efforts of Officer Chez, noting that both he and Officer Figueroa “do outstanding work, night in and night out, and it was difficult to separate one from the other, particularly in this recent incident on Essex Street.” He then explained that because Officer Chez has been recognized three times as Officer of the Month and Officer Figueroa has been recognized twice, that factored into his nomination.. In conclusion, Lieutenant Wentzell stated that “Officer Figueroa is an officer who justifiably could be considered for this honor every month.”

Lieutenant Richard Donnelly seconded this nomination, stating that “Officer Figueroa is well deserving, consistently does more than is expected of him, and does not expect anything in return.” He also noted that Officer Figueroa checks into the CO’s Office every morning before he gets dressed, because he is used as a fill in houseman when needed. Lieutenant Donnelly then relayed that he has asked Officer Figueroa many times where he wants to work and his answer is the same every time, ‘Wherever you need me’.”

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

February 2020

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Cara Crowley, who is assigned to the First Division. Officer Crowley was nominated for this honor by Deputy Chief Leonard Desmarais, along with Lieutenants Richard Donnelly and Richard Carrow. Officer Crowley’s selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs, and in addition, positive feedback was also submitted by Sergeants Robert Avery and Timothy Donovan.
In his written nomination, Deputy Chief Desmarais stated that he “appreciated the ‘little things’ such as Officer Crowley being on time and being squared away, and her Commanding Officer and her Executive Officer appreciate the ‘big things’, like her street smarts and her can-do attitude.” He further reported that “Officer Crowley is a consistent and dependable performer, whether in a one officer unit or a two officer unit.”
Deputy Chief Desmarais also noted that Officer Crowley was recently the recipient of a Letter of Appreciation from the longtime partner of a deceased party for the manner in which she and others handled the situation. He then stated that “this may be the most important part of Officer Crowley’s nomination, as people don’t judge the Police Department by its statistics, but by how they are treated by its officers.”
In addition, Sergeant Robert Avery relayed that “Officer Crowley has assisted the Drug Task Force on numerous occasions, and handles herself as an experienced veteran officer.”  Sergeant Timothy Donovan was also in agreement, noting that “you would never be able to tell by watching her work that Officer Crowley has only been here a short time.”
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Crowley for a job well done.

January 2020

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Edward Tansey, who is assigned to the First Division. Officer Tansey was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Richard Carrow, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. In addition, Lieutenant Richard Donnelly also provided positive feedback on Officer Tansey’s behalf.

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Carrow noted that Officer Tansey is a 32 year decorated veteran of the Department, who is currently assigned to the First Division as a regular 911 House Officer. He further relayed that “Officer Tansey has developed a vast knowledge and expertise of the city’s dynamics and problem areas over his 32 years of service.”

Lieutenant Carrow reported that, “Officer Tansey is an outstanding ‘street cop’ who brings that wealth of knowledge and experience to his duties and responsibilities as a house officer.” He also stated that “Officer Tansey is constantly aware of what is going on out on the street, as well as the needs of his fellow house officers,” and “he is very willing to assist and offer advice and guidance to many of the newer officers regarding many different types of incidents.”

Lieutenant Carrow pointed out that “even during the most chaotic of incidents, Officer Tansey maintains a level of calm professionalism in order to effectively handle the situation.” He reported that on January 9, 2020, while working a detail at Stop and Shop, Officer Tansey recognized a larceny suspect from a recent DHQ posting. The male party was wanted for outstanding WMS warrants, as a result of being involved in larcenies and other related problems at a Lynn address. Lieutenant Carrow then stated that “as a result of his keen awareness, Officer Tansey was able to place the suspect in custody for the two outstanding WMS warrants”, and that “this is just one small sample of his diligence and dedication to duty,” further noting that “he is a very worthy choice for Officer of the Month.”

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