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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 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Ronald Brown, who is assigned to the First Division. Officer Brown was nominated for this honor by Deputy Chief Leonard Desmarais, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. In addition, Lieutenant William Sharpe also provided positive feedback on Officer Brown’s behalf.
 
In his written nomination, Deputy Desmarais relayed that Officer Brown has been a member of the Department for over seventeen years, and “still has a positive attitude when reporting for duty.” He stated that “Officer Brown works a challenging route that has many ongoing problems, and he and his partners have put a lot of time and effort into trying to address many of these problems.”
 
Deputy Desmarais reported that Officer Brown and his partners have coordinated with the management company of a known Washington Street location in trying to address multiple issues. Due to its size, this address has had a harmful impact on its neighbors and the surrounding downtown area. As stated by Deputy Desmarais, “Officer Brown and his partners recognize this, and continue to try to improve the quality of life in the area by lessening the negative impact.”
 
Deputy Desmarais also noted that “Officer Brown and his partners also continue to try to improve the quality of life for specific individuals on their route, and that they are currently trying to improve the living situation for a young woman with mental health issues who is being taken advantage of by others.”
 
In addition, Deputy Desmarais relayed that from August through December, Officer Brown was a recipient of three letters of appreciation for acts ranging from pushing a woman’s disabled car to the side of the road, to providing active shooter response training to the staff, as well as from congregants of a church that had recently experienced a concerning incident, and that it is his belief that “Officer Brown is very deserving of this recognition.”
Congratulations and thank you to Officer Brown for a job well done.

November 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Edward Cauley, who is assigned to the Third Division. Officer Cauley was nominated for this honor by Lieutenant Lawrence Wentzell, the nomination was seconded by Lieutenant Robert Godbout who spoke on the officer’s behalf, and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs.

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Wentzell stated that “Officer Cauley is a diligent and conscientious officer who performs his duties in a respectful manner with anyone and everyone, on a daily basis.”  He also noted that Officer Cauley is regularly assigned to Car 10 and Car 14, two busy and challenging routes; and he is often designated to work with new officers during their assignment on Third Division. As relayed by Lieutenant Wentzell, “Officer Cauley is familiar with the people and the problems on his route, and is a constant and reliable source of information; and any task that Officer Cauley is assigned will get completed without excuse or complaint.”

Lieutenant Wentzell also reported the following regarding Officer Cauley’s recent efforts, as noted below:

  • In October, the Third Division was assigned to address an issue involving individuals from the Lynn Shelter loitering and causing problems in a private parking lot, across from the entrance on Washington Street. Lieutenant Wentzell stated that “Officer Cauley was the first person that he thought of to bring on board with this effort, and he was instrumental in addressing the concerns of the property owner and the neighborhood.” Lieutenant Wentzell also noted that “Officer Cauley accompanied him to meet with Attorney Tom Demakis, offering suggestions and input, and then consistently followed up with area checks, without reminder,” reporting back to him each day. He relayed that he has spoken with Mr. Demakis several times since this issue was addressed, and “he is very appreciative of the initial and continuing efforts of Officer Cauley.”
  • On October 4th, Officer Cauley was able to identify an individual from store videos who had shoplifted at two separate businesses within an hour of the other, and then threatened to stab employees at both locations before fleeing the scene on foot. Officer Cauley recognized the suspect and was able to identify him by name, quickly resulting in his arrest a short distance away, still in possession of the stolen items.
  • Officer Cauley was responsible for six arrests in October and secured Criminal Complaints for three other suspects. In November, Officer Cauley was responsible for five arrests, including the arrest of an impact player on an outstanding WMS warrant, and securing Criminal Complaints for three others.

As stated by Lieutenant Wentzell, “Officer Cauley is consistent with traffic enforcement as well as with proactive patrol. He is knowledgeable and motivated and serves as an example to his fellow officers in how to deal with people on both sides of an issue.”

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

October 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Detective Stephen Emery, who is assigned to the Drug Task Force. Detective Emery’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Sergeant Robert Avery, seconded by Lieutenant Richard Carrow and Sergeant Timothy Donovan; and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs.  

In his written nomination, Sergeant Avery stated that “Detective Emery has had stellar production during the month of October 2019 and his commitment, especially to the street level drug war, is exemplary.” He further noted that “street level drugs and the day to day grind of nuisance complaints of drug properties can be overwhelming, especially in a city such as ours and Detective Emery makes it a point to stay on top of all of them.”  

Sergeant Avery reported that just during the month of October 2019, Detective Emery wrote 6 search warrants that resulted in 13 arrests.  He explained that “many of these investigations started as just surveillance of nuisance properties, but through Detective Emery’s expertise, they morphed into significant seizures and cases.”  

As stated by Sergeant Avery, “during this same month, and as a direct result of Detective Emery’s investigations, the Drug Task Force seized over 32 pounds of marijuana,  THC edibles valued at thousands of dollars, 100 grams of fentanyl, and over $140,000 in cash.”  He also relayed that “Detective Emery performs his Drug Task Force duties at the highest level on a routine basis, but he feels that he should be recognized for an exceptional month based on his routine work.”  

Additional submissions from Lieutenant Richard Carrow and Sergeant Timothy Donovan seconded this nomination and also noted that Detective Emery was “an excellent choice for Officer of the Month.”  

Congratulations and thank you to Detective Emery for a job well done.

September 2019

This month’s LPD ‘Officer of the Month’ is Officer Paul Wonoski, who is assigned to the Second Division. Officer Wonoski’s nomination for this honor was submitted by Lieutenant Richard Donnelly and seconded by Lieutenant Robert Godbout; and his selection was approved by many of our COs/OICs. 

In his written nomination, Lieutenant Donnelly stated that “Officer Wonoski is a reliable asset on the First Division and to the Lynn Police Department.”  He further noted that “Officer Wonoski has been working patrol in West Lynn for 20 years, and shows dedication and commitment to his job, night in and night out,” and also that “he knows all the players on his route and will go the extra mile to help victims and other officers.” 

Lieutenant Donnelly reported that recently, Officer Wonoski has assisted the Division on multiple occasions in finding a chronic runaway male. The individual is an 11 year old who suffers with PTSD. As stated by Lieutenant Donnelly. “Officer Wonoski has developed a positive relationship with the boy and his family and has been able to talk to the child and have him return home on several occasions.” 

An additional submission from Lieutenant Robert Godbout stated that “Officer Wonoski is a hard worker and a credit to the department, and an excellent choice for Officer of the Month.” 

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

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