Cam­bridge Police Dept. rec­og­nizes of­fi­cers for serv­ing the com­mu­nity

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge Police Depart­ment hon­ored its of­fi­cers dur­ing the 13th an­nual Police Awards Ban­quet at the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91 on Wed­nes­day, March 23.

Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley gave a few brief words of wel­come.

“There’s no greater call­ing than the call­ing to be a police of­fi­cer,” she said. “The fact that you sac­ri­fice your time and your time with your fam­ily for the city of Cam­bridge can not be over­looked. I ap­pre­ci­ate it so much, and I thank the fam­i­lies for be­ing will­ing to share you with us. We al­ways have to re­mem­ber, we’re in this to­gether.”

Cam­bridge Police Chief Daniel A. Dvo­rak said the sig­nif­i­cance of the yearly cer­e­mony.

“This cer­e­mony is im­por­tant to us be­cause it gives us a chance to rec­og­nize our of­fi­cers,” he said. “Through­out the year, we rec­og­nize our of­fi­cers for epit­o­miz­ing our depart­ment’s motto. Our motto is ‘Com­mit­ted to Ex­cel­lence.’ They go above and be­yond the call duty to pro­vide ex­cep­tional ser­vice.”

Nom­i­na­tions for the awards are made through­out the year by su­per­vi­sors and co-work­ers based on spe­cific cri­te­ria. The nom­i­na­tions are then con­sid­ered and re­cip­i­ents cho­sen by the awards com­mit­tee.

Pfc. Stephen Hack­ett was named the of­fi­cer of the year. Dvo­rak also pre­sented civil­ian awards. “My one clear mes­sage over the past year has been to get the police and com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether,” Dvo­rak said. “Tonight, I’m proud to lead off our cer­e­mony with a per­fect ex­am­ple of partnership that ended a three month crime spree that in­volved dozens of thefts and bur­glar­ies.”

The awards went to Thur­man Can­non and John James for their role in clos­ing that case.

The cer­e­mony con­tin­ued with the of­fi­cer awards, which not only rec­og­nized the ac­com­plish­ments of the of­fi­cers but

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“If you ask any fam­ily mem­ber, a situation doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily end when the call is over,” Dvo­rak said. “Ev­ery call, ev­ery day, ev­ery shift ro­ta­tion can weigh on us. It’s re­ally only through the sup­port of our fam­i­lies that we’re able to make it through. So tonight, fam­i­lies are go­ing to be in­volved in the pre­sen­ta­tion of the awards.”

With each award, Jack­sonS­tan­ley and Ma­jor Mark Lewis pre­sented a cer­tifi­cate and the fam­ily of the of­fi­cer was given a medal to present to their loved one. Sev­eral of­fi­cers won mul­ti­ple awards. The hon­orees were:

Life Sav­ing Award: Stephen Hack­ett (2)

Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Award: Ptl. John Fos­ter

Ex­cep­tional Duty Award: Pfc. Joseph Beans (2)

Honor­able Ser­vice Award: Sgt. Antoine Pat­ton, Cpl. Jef­fery Smith, Cpl. Robert Ball (2), Pfc. Eric Miller, Pfc. Mark Gos­nell, Det. Ja­son Dickerson (2), Det. Frank Sch­midt, Pfc. Ed­ward Howard, Pfc. John Frank Jones (3), Pfc. Joseph Beans, Pfc. Harold Dukes, Pfc. Don­ald John­son (2), Pfc. Christo­pher Phillips (2), Pfc. Ni­cholas Gon­za­lez, Ptl. Mark Shayne.

Unit Ci­ta­tion: “A Squad” Sgt. Jose Her­nan­dez and his team — Cpl. Justin New­comb, Pfc. Ni­cholas Gon­za­lez, Pfc. Eric Miller, Pfc. Christo­pher Phillips, Pfc. Ja­son Drake and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Shel­bie Bishop

Each award pre­sen­ta­tion was ac­com­pa­nied by an ac­count of the in­ci­dent dur­ing which the of­fi­cer’s ac­tions

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Dvo­rak also rec­og­nized 2015 re­tirees of the depart­ment: Ma­jor Jones, Cor­po­ral Sat­ter­field, Sergeant Perez, De­tec­tive Harper, Cor­po­ral Cook, and K9 Ro­man.

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As an­nounced by Com­man­der Tom An­der­son, Post 91 cov­ered all ex­penses for the ban­quet as a ges­ture of sup­port for the Cam­bridge Police Depart­ment.

Det. Ja­son Dickerson, Pfc. Mark Gos­nell, and Sgt. Antoine Pat­ton each re­ceived the Honor­able Ser­vice Award for their team­work dur­ing an in­ci­dent that oc­curred through the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of sev­eral home in­va­sions.

PHOTOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

Sgt. Jose Her­nan­dez and his “A Squad” were hon­ored with the Unit Ci­ta­tion Award. A-Squad of­fi­cers Cpl. Justin New­comb, Pfc. Ni­cholas Gon­za­lez, Pfc. Eric Miller, Pfc. Christo­pher Phillips, Pfc. Ja­son Drake and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Shel­bie Bishop joined Her­nan­dez in ac­cept­ing the award.

Det. Frank Sch­midt re­ceived the Honor­able Ser­vice Award for un­cov­er­ing and seiz­ing two il­le­gal weapons dur­ing a traf­fic stop.

Ptl. John Fos­ter was hon­ored with the Mer­i­to­ri­ous Award, and his fam­ily pre­sented his medal.

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Thur­man Can­non and John James were hon­ored with the Civil­ian Award for their role in end­ing a three-month crime spree that in­cluded dozens of thefts and bur­glar­ies.

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