The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2019:
McHero of the Year, McDonald's Corporation: Officer Sean Richards also was honored by the Dale City McDonald's restaurant for his lifesaving actions on May 12, 2018.
Police Officer of the Year Award, Dale City Civic Association: Officer Sean Richards was honored on Jan. 26, 2019, for his work in 2018 in the Dale City community. On May 12, 2018, Officer Richards responded to an injury call and found a man with severe lacerations to his foot, arms and legs. Officer Richards performed lifesaving on the victim until Rescue arrived. Officer Richard was credited with saving the man's life. His police work keeps the Dale City community safer.
The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2018:
Law Enforcement Recognitions, Sons of the American Revolution (George Washington Chapter): Chief Barry M. Barnard and seven current or former police officers were recognized by the SAR on Nov. 15, 2018. Chief Barnard received a Law Enforcement Commendation Medal for his service to, and leadership of, the Police Department over the course of his career. Sergeant Michael Pope, Officer Alexander Cordner, Detective R. Johnston and former officer Stephen Webber received the Medal for Heroism for outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger. Officers Tyren Hawkins and Peter Inskeep, as well as former Officer Andrew Kohler, received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal for exceptional service. All of the officers were recognized for their actions during an incident in July 2017.
Bridge Builder Award, Prince William County NAACP: Chief Barry M. Barnard was honored by the Prince William County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Oct. 13, 2018. He was recognized for the Department's efforts at outreach in the County's various communities.
Virginia Homicide Investigator of the Year Award, Virginia Homicide Investigators Association: Detective S. Brown and Detective D. Cupka were honored by the Virginia Homicide Investigators Association (VHIA) at a ceremony on Oct. 3, 2018. They were recognized for their outstanding investigation of a 2017 homicide.
VASAP/MADD DUI Enforcement Award: Officer Matthew Sciabica was honored by the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) and the Northern Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at a ceremony on Sept. 19, 2018. He was recognized for his outstanding DUI enforcement efforts in the County in the previous year. This is the second consecutive year that Officer Sciabica has received this award.
Award for Lifesaving, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) and Foundation: Six current or former members of the Prince William Police Department received the VACP Award for Lifesaving -- which recognizes an officer's actions that put the officer in harm's way in the attempt to save the life of another individual -- Officers Alexander Cordner, Tyren Hawkins, Peter Inskeep, Randy Johnston, Michael Pope and former officer Stephen Webber. They were cited for risking their lives in a 2017 incident involving a stabbing victim, a house fire with potential victims inside, and the apprehension of the suspect.
County Executive's Awards: Ten Department members earned a County Executive's Award in 2018. Special Victims Bureau personnel -- Detectives Jeremy Johnson, Michelle McAllister, First Sergeant Michael Sullivan, Detectives David Cho, Brandon Hunt, Brandon Couch and Joshua Lane -- were recognized for their successful investigation into sexual assaults at a hotel in Prince William County. Majors Dawn Harman and Kevin Hughart, and Captain Shana Hrubes were recognized as part of a larger multi-agency Fire & Rescue System Reform team. And Captain Hrubes was recognized as part of a larger, multi-agency county government team working on a new Performance Evaluation.
Personnel from the Special Victims Bureau -- Detectives Jeremy Johnson, Michelle McAllister, First Sergeant Michael Sullivan, Detectives David Cho, Brandon Hunt, Brandon Couch and Joshua Lane -- received this medal for their successful investigation into sexual assaults at a hotel in Prince William County. Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal:
Valor Awards, Prince William Chamber of Commerce: More than 40 Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 32nd annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. Officers Alexander Cordner, Tyren Hawkins, Peter Inskeep, Randy Johnston, Michael Pope and Stephen Webber received a Silver Medal for Valor. Officers Nicolas Colella, Alex Eguino, Adam Gardiner, Stacey Jalivay, Nathaniel Leazer, Melissa Quesenberry, Nate Rodak and Daniel Ruggiero received a Bronze Medal for Valor. Lieutenant Drew Hunter, First Sergeant Dan Crawford, Sergeants David Bliss, Dennis Jensen and Sean Shelton, Officers Shaun Barrett, Adam Beard, Malcolm Gatling, Jonathan Harris, Brian Kimble, Joshua Myers, Andrew Rust and Michael Schoka received a Valorous Unit Award. Officers Richard Alicea, David Chung and Charles Dooley received the Merit Award for Valor. Detectives Maria Armstrong, Stefani Brown, Darien Cupka, Robert Kasper, Michelle McAllister, Anthony Mellis and Gina Pineda, Officer Taylor Mallow, and Crime Analyst Megan O'Neill -- as well as homicide detectives of the Violent Crimes Bureau -- received the Hillary Robinette Award for Investigative Excellence.
2018 SAFE Awards:
Four members of the Logistics & Support Section received a 2018 Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) from Prince William County government's Office of Risk Management for their steadfast dedication to maintain a safe and healthy workplace -- individually and as a team. They are Imran Muhammad, public safety logistics manager; Dina Ayad, public safety services technician; Sergeant Chuck Begley, and Ms. Debbie Barlow.
Loudoun County (Va.) Sheriff's Office Awards: The Northern Virginia Gang Task Force (NVGTF) -- which includes the Prince William County Police Department -- received the Meritorious Action Award from the Loudoun County, Va., Sheriff's Office. This award recognizes an individual, or team of individuals, who have demonstrated exemplary action in response to a specific emergency situation, or as part of a routine event, where the member's exceptional performance merits special recognition. The award was given to the NVGTF for a 2017 investigation where a coordinated effort from multiple jurisdictions resulted in the arrest of several violent MS-13 gang members.
Police Officer of the Year Award, Dale City Civic Association: Officer Bill VanAntwerp was honored on Jan. 27, 2018, for his work in 2017 in the Dale City community. In November 2017, two chain convenience stores were robbed at gunpoint. Anticipating that the suspect might attempt to rob another store in the chain, Officer VanAntwerp responded to one in Dale City, observed the suspect, and ran a track with K-9 Anibus that resulted in the suspect's arrest and recovery of items from the two robberies. His police work keeps the Dale City community safer.
Officer John Mora and Patricia Charron were selected as Prince William County Government Employees of the Month for November 2017 for their work organizing and running the Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Rodeo. They went above and beyond their normal duties by working extra hours to make the event a huge success. They were recognized on Jan. 23, 2018. County Government Employees of the Month:
Prince William County Human Rights Award: Major Jarad Phelps was one of seven individuals, businesses or County government agencies to be recognized for promoting the principles of human rights in the county. Major Phelps received the award for designing and implementing the "Stay True to Blue" course while he was director of the Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy. He received his award on Jan. 13, 2018.