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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 2020

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Eric Castillo, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer Castillo’s nomination was submitted by Deputy Chief Leonard E. Desmarais, in recognition for his initiative and devotion to duty, and is as follows:
 
On December 1, 2020, Officer Castillo was off-duty and picking up a food order on Union Street, when he observed what he believed to be criminal activity at a nearby business. Officer Castillo approached the establishment in order to get a better view of what was occurring inside. His observed a female party in the midst of a shoplifting attempt. He identified himself and began to detain the female suspect. A male accomplice of the female suspect, who had been loitering nearby, began to aggressively approach Officer Castillo, in an attempt to interfere and allow her to escape custody. Officer Castillo clearly identified himself to the male party and directed him to stay clear, while still detaining the female suspect. On-duty officers subsequently arrived on scene and placed both parties under arrest for several charges. The male party, who has a serious criminal history, was additionally charged with Trafficking, due to an amount of fentanyl found on him at Booking.
 
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Castillo for a job well done.

November 2020

 This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Nhen Tran, who is currently assigned to the Second Division. Officer Tran’s nomination was submitted by Lieutenant Thomas Holland, and additional positive comments were also submitted by Lieutenant Richard Donnelly and Sergeant Ashley Affonco.
 
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Holland stated that “Officer Tran is an attentive and diligent officer who performs his duties in a respectful manner with anyone and everyone on a daily basis.” He also noted that “Officer Tran is always willing to help his fellow officers and can always be seen responding to and backing up officers on calls, even when they may not be the high profile or ‘hot calls’ where most officers may be seen.”
 
As reported by Lieutenant Holland, “Officer Tran has always been well liked by his fellow officers and the Sergeants on the Second Division.” He also stated that “the Second Division Sergeants have always commented on his willingness do what needs to be done, without question and without complaint, he is easy to work with and will do anything that is asked of him, and he knows how to approach people and treats everyone fairly.”
 
Lieutenant Holland then discussed the recent officer-involved shooting on November 2nd, reporting that while on a road detail, Officer Tran was monitoring the radio when he heard a BOLO for a robbery suspect.  As stated by Lieutenant Holland, “Officer Tran responded to assist a Revere officer involved in a pursuit in the City of Lynn, and did not hesitate to assist a fellow officer in need. When he found himself in a situation where he was forced to discharge his firearm to protect a fellow officer, Officer Tran showed great courage and his actions helped protect the life of an officer in peril.”
 
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Tran for a job well done.

October 2020

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Sean Coppinger, who is currently assigned to the First Division. Officer Coppinger’s nomination was submitted by Lieutenant Richard Carrow on behalf of himself and Lieutenant Richard Donnelly; and additional positive comments were also submitted by Lieutenant Wentzell and Lieutenant Tucker.
 
In his written nomination, Lieutenant Carrow stated that “Officer Coppinger constantly displays a high level of professionalism and dedication to duty, and is developing into a much respected officer.”  He reported that “Officer Coppinger works a very active route of Car 10 and Car 14, and he takes an active role in route ownership and knowledge of the persons/players and locations within the route.”
            Lieutenant Carrow also stated that, “Officer Coppinger tackles the issues and problems head on; and is effective in problem solving and handling the wide range of matters to which he is called upon to deal with and handle.”  He further noted that “in addition to his professionalism, Officer Coppinger displays a demeanor which allows him to develop a good rapport with people; especially those persons who suffer from a variety of mental health issues, and he has been very effective in resolving these types of incidents on multiple occasions.”  Lieutenant Carrow also pointed out that “in today’s policing, this is an incredible asset to possess.”
 
Lieutenant Carrow reported that Officer Coppinger has been recently assigned to work with one of the new officers (Officer Donovan) on a regular basis, and “he has been very helpful and effective in Officer Donovan’s development and understanding of the job.”
 
He also relayed that on October 1, 2020, Lieutenant Holland received a phone call from a citizen who wished to express his thanks and appreciation to Officer Coppinger for the actions he had taken for this individual during a recent encounter.  The caller also stated “how impressed he had been with Officer Coppinger’s demeanor and professionalism.”
 
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Coppinger for a job well done.
 
September 2020
 
This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer John Mackin, who is currently assigned to the Central Business District Bike Patrol Team. Officer Mackin was nominated for this honor by Sergeant Ashley Affonco, and his selection was approved by all in attendance.
 
In her written nomination, Sergeant Affonco noted that “Officer Mackin is an attentive and diligent officer who performs his duties in a respectful manner with anyone and everyone on a daily basis.”  She reported that he is currently assigned to the CBD Unit, “he is familiar with the people and the problems in our area, and is a constant and reliable source of information.”
 
As stated by Sergeant Affonco, “Officer Mackin’s influence extends beyond our CBD area. He is a fixture at Curwin Circle and had been able to build a rapport with many people who live in there.  Residents provide Officer Mackin with drug information and have gone to him during murder investigations because of the relationship they have with him.”
 
Sergeant Affonco also relayed that “Officer Mackin’s work in the schools continues to impact the community positively, and fosters connections that allow us to reach people we normally would not be able to. The connections he has built encourage others to approach us for help and advice.” As stated by Sergeant Affonco, “Officer Mackin was crucial when we participated in meetings such as Prevent the Cycle, as many of those who were in attendance spoke fondly of their interactions with him.”
 
Sergeant Affonco further noted that “Officer Mackin has a far reaching knowledge and a phenomenal memory which he has used to identify people we come in contact with. This is beneficial in establishing rapport with our homeless population. He is easy to work with and will do anything that is asked of him. He knows how to approach people and treats everyone fairly.”
 
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Mackin for a job well done.
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