The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2016:
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.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2015:
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.
VASAP/MADD DUI Enforcement Award: Officers Jeremy Schenck and Sarah Rolle 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 1, 2015. The two officers were recognized for their outstanding DUI enforcement efforts in the County in the previous year. This is the sixth consecutive time Officer Schenck has received this award and the second consecutive time for Officer Rolle.
Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, Humanitarian Award: Animal Control Sergeant Lorie Newsome received this award -- which is presented to an animal control officer who has established a positive relationship and maintained the safety and health of animals within the community; one who has improved the image of the animal control profession within the community; and one who has demonstrated overall excellence in the performance of his or her job.
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.