On Wednesday September 28, 2016 the Prescott Police Department proudly awarded its 2016 employee awards to several members of the Department. The formal ceremony held at the Ruth Street Theater at Prescott High School recognized the following individuals for their achievement, professionalism and dedication to the Prescott Police Department Mission and Values:
Lifesaving award: Presented to Lead Police Officer Daniel Bardon for actions he took to save the life of an elderly Prescott woman in cardiac arrest.
Medal of Merit: Presented to Officer Jason Scissons whose quick reaction and good judgment brought about a peaceful resolution to a domestic violence situation that no doubt could have ended in tragedy.
Explorer of the Year: Presented to Miss Emma Horner of Prescott Police Department Explorer Post #778 for her dedication to the Post, her team and the Prescott Community.
Volunteer of the Year: Presented to Citizen on Patrol Volunteer Kathleen Ostrander for selflessly dedicating herself to the COP Program and the Prescott Police Department by spending over 1,000 hours volunteering and filling the essential role of the COP training coordinator.
Rookie of the Year: Presented to Officer Joshua Dillenbeck for displaying the ideals and characteristics essential as a Prescott Police Officer and embracing our values of Integrity, Courage, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
Community Service Award: Presented to Officer Bill Wolf in recognition of going above and beyond to serve the community by way of his work as a School Resource Officer at the Prescott High School supporting the students and staff and for his dedication to his role with the Prescott Police Association.
Communications Specialist of the Year: Presented to Miss Lindsay Paloutzian in recognition of her willingness to lead as an emergency dispatcher, her desire to serve the citizens and our first responders and her professionalism.
Civilian Employee of the Year: Presented to Ms. Laura Willson, property and evidence technician for her tireless dedication to excellence in collecting and protecting essential pieces of evidence and property and for her leadership in developing the next generation of law enforcement professionals through her work as an instructor at the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy.
Sworn Police Officer of the Year: Awarded to both Officer Matt Medina and Detective Jack Shapiro in recognition of their drive for excellence in the law enforcement profession, their dedication to their office, victims of crime and the citizens of this community. And for consistent displays of professionalism, teamwork and pride in a job well done.
Supervisor of the Year: Presented to Sergeant Jeff Hemphill for displaying the highest standards of professionalism as a supervisor, a K-9 handler and the negotiations team leader. For consistently supporting the mission of the Prescott Police Department in all he does and for being an exemplary leader to the men and women of the Prescott Police Department.
Awards were also presented to Sergeant Casey Cook, Lead Police Officer David Fuller, and Detective Daryl Gladstein, for excellence in firearms proficiency and to Officer Joseph Harris, for excellence in the area of physical fitness.
The Prescott Police Department would like to thank the Prescott Unified School District and the Prescott High School for their support with this ceremony; Prescott High School Student Judah Neese for her beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and Chaplain Tom Garasha for his moving invocation.