The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2016:
VASAP/MADD DUI Enforcement Award: Officers Simon Chu, Brent LaFarree, Jeremy Schenck and Brett Tillett were honored by the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) and the Northern Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at a ceremony on May 6, 2016. The four officers were recognized for their outstanding DUI enforcement efforts in the County in the previous year. This is the seventh consecutive time Officer Schenck has received this award.
Police Officer of the Year Award, VFW Post 1503: Lieutenant Dan Grinnell was honored on March 27, 2016, for his skills and professionalism at helping a distraught woman intent on harming herself to voluntarily move to a safer location and seek help, using the skills honed in 16 years as a Crisis Negotiator with the Department. The woman later wrote that the officers on scene saved her life.
PWC Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE): Sergeant Heather Younce received a SAFE Award (Health & Wellness category) for her work as the Team Coordinator for the Department's Peer Support Team. She spearheaded a push to add 15 additional positions to the team in 2015, as she identified a need within the Department for this resource. And the staff of the Department's Logistics and Support Section -- Dina Ayad, Debbie Barlow, Sergeant Charles Begley, Captain James Carr, Mauricio DeZayas, Imran Muhammad, and Sharon Smith -- received a SAFE Award (Safety, Environmental categories) for their outstanding efforts at identifying hazards and working diligently to manage those hazards.
Valor Awards, Prince William Chamber of Commerce: Nineteen Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 30th annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. Lieutenant Scott Kearns earned a Gold Medal for Valor. Officer Ryan Rowland earned a Silver Award for Valor. Sergeant David Bliss, Officer Michael Casey, Officer Eric Davis, Officer Adam Gardiner, Detective Robyn Hyatt, Detective Matthew Newbauer, Officer Sean Richards and Officer Chad Weyant earned Bronze Awards for Valor (Officer Weyant received two Bronze Medals for two different incidents). Officer Nicholas Colella and Lieutenant Dan Grinnell received the Valor Award of Merit. Detective Robyn Hyatt also received the Hillary Robinette Award for Investigative Excellence. Detective Renee Carr, Crime Scene Analyst Renee Jacques, Detective Juan Marquez, retired Detective Richard Martindell, and Animal Control Supervisor Lorie Newsome received the Investigative Merit Award.
Leadership Award for 2015, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Animal Control Supervisor Lorie Newsome, was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for her leadership, excellence, and initiative in all aspects of her job.
Veterinarian Award for 2015, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Jodi V. Carlson, VMD, was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for her work with the Animal Control Bureau. Dr. Carlson's time is focused on small-animal population health management, with an emphasis on infectious disease control and prevention. She was also involved with forensics and cruelty investigations, including a groundbreaking case in 2015 where a County resident sexually assaulted an animal.
Humane Education Award for 2015, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Animal Shelter Administrative Support Assistant Beate Begley was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for her work and innovation with programs that help animals and the community.
Volunteer Award for 2015, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Terri Kellenberger was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for her work implementing many programs offered by the Animal Shelter -- particularly those making use of volunteers.
Animal Control Officer Award for 2014, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Animal Control Supervisor Lorie Newsome, and former Animal Control Officer Jessica Wilfong-Shiflett, were honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for their work in coordinating an animal-cruelty investigation from 2014 that resulted in nearly 60 criminal charges being placed against a County resident.
Animal Rescue Story of 2014, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): The Equine Rescue League was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for their work with the Animal Shelter on behalf of a horse named Bud who had been removed from his owner after being found suffering from malnutrition, parasite infestation and neglect.
Community Impact Award for 2014, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Beth Eichberger, DVM, of Fauquier Large Animal Veterinary Services LLC, was honored by COG on March 14, 2016, (at its biennial animal-awards ceremony) for her work with the Animal Control Bureau. Besides donating a significant amount of time and services to the Animal Control Bureau, Dr. Eichberger provided critical veterinary services and court testimony in five major cases involving cruelty to agricultural animals.
Commendation Award, Loudoun County (Va.) Sheriff's Office: Detective D. Fragosa and Sergeant J. Christopher were recognized on Feb. 19, 2016, by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for their assistance, as part of a regional task force, in a homicide investigation in that jurisdiction.
Police Officer of the Year Award, Dale City Civic Association: Officer William Bowler was honored on Jan. 31, 2016, for his work in 2015 in the Dale City community. In the first nine months of 2015 Officer Bowler, a young proactive officer, logged in more than 100 criminal arrests -- a direct result of him engaging in foot patrols as well as conducting traffic stops. His police work keeps the Dale City community safer.
2015 Law Enforcement Award of Excellence (WRAP): Officer Jeremy Schenck was recognized for his excellent work in preventing impaired driving, with more than 148 arrests through November. This is the sixth consecutive year Officer Schenck has received this award.
Animal Control Officer of the Year Award: Animal Control Sergeant Lorie Newsome received the Dr. Kent Roberts Animal Control Officer of the Year award from the Virginia Animal Control Association. The award is presented to an animal control officer who has demonstrated overall excellence in the performance of his or her job.
Prince William County Volunteer of the Quarter: Terri Kellenberger was named Volunteer of the Quarter for April - June 2015. She was presented with the award at a Board of County Supervisors meeting in October. Ms. Kellenberger does a number of vital tasks for the Animal Shelter including assisting the Shelter's Outreach Coordinator in developing public education programs; dog-training; volunteer coordinator for the Shelter; supervisor of the Shelter's summer teen volunteer program, and coordinates the senior enrichment program.
VACP/VPCF Lifesaving Award: Officer Robert Minnick and Officer Michael Szalach received a 2015 Lifesaving Award from the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation (VPCF). This lifesaving award is presented in recognition of a law enforcement officer's actions that put that officer in harm's way as an attempt is made to save the life of another. The honorees are were recognized for an incident in March where they saved one or more lives during an emergency.
Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, Veterinary Partnership Award: Jodi L. Carlson, D.V.M., received this award to recognize her dedication to volunteering time and services to promote the welfare of animals in conjunction with an agency that provides direct care to animals. It is presented to a veterinarian whose donated services support a local animal care and control center, or an animal shelter or rescue group, in its efforts to provide veterinary care for homeless and abused animals.
Outstanding Crossing Guard of 2014 (Virginia Department of Transportation): Crossing Guard Marietta Pierce was one of six school crossing guards in Virginia to receive this honor. The statewide contest is announced in conjunction with the School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in February.
Valor Awards, Prince William Chamber of Commerce: Nine Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 29th annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. Officer Daniel Kelling, Officer Robert Minnick and Officer Michael Szalach each earned a Bronze Medal. Officer Joshua Boughman, Officer Luke Dean, Officer Stanley Korson, and Officer Nathaniel Probus each earned a Merit Award. Animal Control Sergeant Lorie Newsome and Animal Control Officer Jessica Wilfong-Shiflett each earned the Hillary Robinette Award for integrity in investigative work.
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Excellence Program, Sustainability Partners Award: The Police Department's Warehouse received this award for instituting a cardboard and battery recycling program for the warehouse operations.
PWC Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE): Detective Dave Hess received a SAFE Award for developing a program that adds safety to training, diver readiness and equipment maintenance -- among other things -- for the Department's Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (also known as the Dive Team). First Sergeant Tara Van Horn received a SAFE Award for developing and launching a County-wide Health & Wellness Fair to help employees make improvements to their health. And Animal Shelter Manager Doug Norman and Animal Control Lieutenant Pauline Shatswell received a SAFE Award for helping to develop a piece of equipment that allows for the safe gathering of materials to test for rabies.
Police Officer of the Year Award, Dale City Civic Association: Officer Robert White was honored on Jan. 31, 2015, for his work in 2015 focusing on the investigation of drug-related crimes, using proactive methods to identify and arrest drug sellers and users. In 2014, Officer White made more than 80 drug-related arrests -- all in the Dale City community.