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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.

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.

July 2018

 This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Craig Fountain, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Fountain was nominated for this honor by Sergeant Edward Nardone, who spoke on his behalf, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs, including Captain Michael Vail and Captain James Flynn, who also wrote on his behalf.

In his written nomination, Sergeant Nardone stated that “Officer Fountain and his partners work a challenging and demanding route” and that “he brings an enthusiastic work ethic to his job.” He further relayed that “Officer Fountain has all of the check marks that a supervisor would want in an officer.” Sergeant Nardone explained that “Officer Fountain is knowledgeable of his route, its problem areas and impact players, and in addition, he is up to speed on ‘under the radar’ nuisances that impact quality of life in the downtown area on a daily basis.”

Sergeant Nardone also reported that “Officer Fountain avails himself and continually assists Special Units throughout his route, and is an absolute asset to the Gang Unit.” He also mentioned that “Officer Fountain writes quality reports, and is well received in both the District and Superior Court.”

As stated by Sergeant Nardone, “knowing that many of the goals of our department are centered on crime reduction, identifying and targeting those individuals who have the greatest impact on crime, and restoring quality of life to our citizens; Officer Fountain does a great job of working towards those goals and in my opinion is most deserving of this recognition.”

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

June 2018

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Timothy Nerich, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Nerich 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 his written nomination, Lieutenant Kenny stated that Officer Nerich, who has been on the Third Division for 13 years, “is assigned primarily in West Lynn and has well established himself as a hard-working officer who knows his route well.” As reported by Lieutenant Kenny, “Officer Nerich consistently puts forth a proactive effort in his daily work and exercises sound tactics.”  He relayed that that on May 20, 2018, Officer Nerich was on a self-initiated area check at Market Basket, when his attention was directed to a suspicious party in a motor vehicle.  “Using his sound tactics, Officer Nerich was able to approach the individual undetected from a position of advantage, and make observations of drug use that led to an arrest for OUI Drugs (Fentanyl).”
Lieutenant Kenny also mentioned that Sergeant Wojewodzic, who works as Officer Nerich’s supervisor in West Lynn, has noted that “Officer Nerich is complete and thorough in his duties, day in and day out, and writes an excellent incident report.”
Lieutenant Kenny further reported that on June 6, 2018, “Probation Officer Terry Ward praised Officer Nerich’s excellent initiative in regards to a follow-up on one of his probationers, which resulted in the issuance of a probation violation warrant, and “due to Officer Nerich’s cooperative effort, quick communication and information sharing, Probation Officer Ward was able to address this violation that may have otherwise gone unchecked.”
As stated by Lieutenant Kenny, “Officer Nerich is also a certified 911 call taker, and when required; he carries out emergency call taking and dispatching duties with efficiency and ease.  Officer Nerich has proven himself an invaluable asset to the Third Division and is very deserving of recognition.”
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Nerich for a job well done.

May 2018

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Christopher Hagerty, who is assigned to the Gang Unit. Officer Hagerty was nominated for this honor by Sergeant Edward Nardone, who spoke on his behalf, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs.
In his written nomination, Sergeant Nardone stated that “Officer Hagerty is a very conscientious worker who continually gives his best efforts each day he comes to work.” He pointed out that “many of the arrests that Officer Hagerty is involved with are the result of his proactive efforts, knowing the players, being observant and availing himself to assist uniformed officers with calls for service and motor vehicle stops.”
Sergeant Nardone relayed that on May 11, 2018, at approximately 1800 hours, shots were fired into an occupied motor vehicle on Pond Street. He and Officer Hagerty subsequently became the case officers for the incident. Sergeant Nardone reported that they were initially met with hostility by the victim who stonewalled attempts to interview her and her children, who were also in the vehicle she was driving.  As reported by Sergeant Nardone, “Officer Hagerty made countless calls to this individual, and was steadfast in his efforts.”
Sergeant Nardone further explained that during the investigation, Officer Hagerty located cameras on a nearby house, and convinced the property owner to turn over video footage of the incident, even though the individual was very reluctant to get involved. During the on-going investigation, Officer Hagerty was able to gain the victim’s trust, and got a statement from her over the phone. This statement enabled the investigation to proceed and allowed Officer Hagerty to obtain a name and Facebook photo of the alleged shooter from the victim. With this information, he was directed to seek advice from the District Attorney’s Office, and as a result warrants were sought for the alleged shooter. The suspect was arrested on June 1, 2018, and was subsequently held at our request for a 58A hearing on June 8th.
In addition to the shooter, another male party was identified by the victim as having damaged her vehicle. As stated by Sergeant Nardone, “Officer Hagerty continued his investigation by speaking to the mother of the second suspect, and convinced her to bring her son to the LPD to be formally interviewed.” He reported that the interview took place on June 4, 2018, and although the second suspect denied involvement in damaging the motor vehicle, the interview allowed investigators to learn more of what had happened.
As stated by Sergeant Nardone, “Officer Hagerty is a quality investigator and a self-starter, and warrants this recognition.”
 Congratulations and thank you to Officer Hagerty for a job well done.
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