Awards and Recognition

The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2015:
 
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.
 
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.
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The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2014:
 
Fairfax County Police Department's Team Excellence Award: Detective Pat Quinn was selected to receive this award for his efforts on a regional team investigating a serial burglar who plagued victims in both Fairfax and Prince William counties.
 
2014 Law Enforcement Award of Excellence (WRAP): For the fifth consecutive year, Officer Jeremy Schenck received this award for 'outstanding commitment in the fight against drunk driving in the Greater Washington area' from the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP).
 
Outstanding Achievement in Prevention of Terrorism Award: The Police Department -- along with the City of Manassas Police Department and the FBI's Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Taskforce -- were recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Committee on Terrorism and Booz Allen Hamilton for their cooperation and communication in arresting a Virginia domestic terrorist plotting acts of violence against local political leaders.
 
IACP/3M Looking Beyond the License Plate Award: Officer Daniel Sekely received an Honorable Mention -- one of six in the U.S. -- for his initiative in solving crimes via license plates.
 
Community Partners Award: Detective Donanthony King was recognized by the Prince William County Department of Social Services for a case he investigated with DSS's Adult Protective Services division involving crimes against disabled and/or older adults in Prince William County. Additionally, the members of the Police Department's Special Victims Bureau also received an award for ongoing work with Adult Protective Services.
 
County Executive's Award: Detective Josh Lane earned a County Executive’s Award at a ceremony on June 6th. He was commended, among other things, for his successful investigative work in a narcotics case while continuing outstanding work on his high caseload of complex investigations.
 
VACP/VPCF Lifesaving Award: Officer Steven Mattos, Jr. and Officer Patrick Balchunas received a 2014 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 two separate incidents, each saving one or more lives during emergencies.
 
VFW National Law Enforcement Public Servant Award: Officer Steven Mattos, Jr., received this honor after being the top recipient at the state VFW chapter and the top recipient at Dale City VFW Post 1508.  He received the award for his lifesaving efforts during a structure fire in Lake Ridge in March 2013.
 
VASAP/MADD DUI Enforcement Award: Officers Jeremy Schenck, Robert White, 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 2, 2014. The three officers were recognized for their outstanding DUI enforcement efforts in the County in the previous year. This is the sixth time Officer Schenck has received this award and the second third time for Officer White.
 
Valor Awards, Prince William Chamber of Commerce: Thirty-four Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 28th annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. Lieutenant Carlos Robles and Officer Patrick Balchunas each earned a Bronze Medal. Officer Aaron Lintz and Officer Steven Mattos each earned a Lifesaving Merit Award. Officer Daniel Sekely earned an Investigative Merit Award. Detective S. Kitchens, Detective J. Callahan, Detective M. Cervantes, and Crime Analysis Unit Supervisor Dawn Locke-Trillhaase received an Investigative Merit Award. And Lieutenant D. Hess, First Sergeant M. McCauley, First Sergeant D. Murphy, Sergeant E. Garza, Sergeant K. Hulsey, Sergeant B. Stromer, Detective C. Smith, Detective D. Ehrhardt, Detective D. Edelen, Detective A. McMillan, Detective G. Mendoza, Detective K. Morin, Detective J. Pafford, Detective K. Strobel, Detective P. Buchanan, Detective S. Cieslinski, Detective D. DeShazo, Detective D. Fragosa, Detective M. Jordan, Detective J. Lane, Detective K. Lewis, Detective W. Smith, Detective B. Sutton, Detective J. Wehmeyer, and Crime Analyst Alicia Larkins received an Investigative Merit Award. Read more...
 
USPCA National Trials: Officer Scott Morris and K-9 Murphy took 1st place (tie) in article search at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) PD1 National Trials.
 
Animal Control/Humane Investigation Award: Animal Control Sergeant Lorie A. Newsome, Deputy Animal Control Officer Emma Downing, and former Deputy Animal Control Officer Katlynn Slonaker recent received this award from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Their investigation of a man accused of breaking into an acquaintance's home, taking her two dogs, killing one of them and attempting to kill the other one, led to his 2013 conviction on a misdemeanor cruelty charge and a 2014 trial (and an appeal of the 2013 conviction) on the more serious charges. This case represented the first time that DNA testing has been used in Virginia for an animal-cruelty case.
 
Meritorious Service Award: The Prince William Crime Prevention Council presented its Meritorious Service Award to Master Police Officer Marcia Whaley for her exceptional performance in the area of crime prevention within the boundaries of Prince William County.
 
Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE): Sergeant Dan Crawford, Officer Robert Gudaitis, Officer Brandon Haas, Officer Jacob Kushner, and Officer Robert Surman received a Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) for their work in concussion prevention during recruit training at the Criminal Justice Academy. And Sergeant Jimmy Pearce was part of a two-person team who received a Safety Award for Excellence for developing a just-in-time online training for Police Department and Sheriff's Office personnel on the new, mandatory, international GHS of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.  The awards were presented at a ceremony and reception on March 6, 2014. The SAFE awards -- sponsored by the County's Risk Management Office in cooperation with the County's Safety and Health Council -- recognize excellence in risk management and occupational safety and health.
 
Police Officer of the Year Award, Dale City Civic Association: Officers Jesse Hempen and Ashley Wilson were honored on Jan. 26, 2014, for their work last February in locating a suicidal person in a creek in Dale City. The officers entered the frigid water without hesitation to rescue the individual. 
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The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2013:
 
2013 Law Enforcement Award of Excellence (WRAP): For the fourth consecutive year, Officer Jeremy Schenck received this award for 'outstanding commitment in the fight against drunk driving in the Greater Washington area' from the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). Officer Schenck's 165 DUI arrests was the second highest total of all the awardees, who represent a dozen Washington metropolitan-area law enforcement agencies.
 
Meritorious Service Award: The Prince William Crime Prevention Council presented its Meritorious Service Award to Master Police Officer Marcia Whaley for her exceptional performance in the area of crime prevention within the boundaries of Prince William County.
 
Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal: Officer Patrick Balchunas received this award for the lifesaving aid he provided to a shooting victim on Jan. 28, 2013. The medal recognizes exceptional service in the field of law enforcement to an individual who has performed an exceptional act or service beyond that normally expected.
 
VACP/VPCF Lifesaving Award: Officer Joshua Boughman, Officer Luke Dean, and Officer Michael Scarsella received a 2013 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 credited with saving the lives of several County residents during a house fire.
 
Outstanding Career Service Award: Police Officer II William G. Ward is the 2013 recipient of the Prince William County Police Department's Outstanding Career Service Award. Officer Lavely retired on Jan. 1, 2011, after 24 Officer Ward has served the citizens of the County for 27 years. The award was created in 2006 and recipients are personally selected by the Chief of Police for various criteria, including having a minimum of 20 years with the Police Department and exemplifying the Department's mission and the County's vision and values. Officer Ward is only the fourth police officer to receive the award.
 

Environmental Excellence (E2) Certification, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality: The Police Department became the first in Virginia to receive this certification under the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program. Read more about it.

County Executive's Award: Three employees of the Police Department earned County Executive’s Awards at a ceremony on May 31st: Senior Administrative Manager Thomas J. Pulaski and Captain Kevin L. Hughart were cited for their work on the Computer-Aided Dispatch/Records Management System Negotiation Team. Animal Shelter Manager Douglas R. Norman was cited for spearheading the County’s first dog park at the Animal Shelter. Congratulations to all three winners!
 
PERF Leadership Award: The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) presented its highest honor, the Leadership Award, to retired Police Chief Charlie T. Deane. This award is presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of law enforcement, and who exemplify the highest principles and standards of true leaders in policing. Read more about it.
 
VASAP/MADD DUI Enforcement Award: Officers Jeremy Schenck, Robert White, and Francis Johnson, and Investigator Chad Mason 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 3, 2013. The four officers were recognized for their outstanding DUI enforcement efforts in the County in the previous year. This is the fifth time Officer Schenck has received this award, and the second time for Officer White and Investigator Mason.
 
O.W. Wilson Award for Career Achievement: Tom Pulaski, Senior Administrative Manager of the Department’s Fiscal and Technical Services Division, received this award from the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP).
 
Valor Awards, Prince William Chamber of Commerce: Thirty-seven Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 27th annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. Officer Joshua Boughman, Officer Luke Dean and Officer Michael Scarsella each earned a Silver Medal. Officer Michael Pope received the Lifesaving Merit Award. Sergeant Jeff Good, Officer Jonathan Zarkauskas, Officer Dirk-Jan Cumings, Officer Trevin Frame, Officer Daniel Guinn, Officer Gary Brunelle, Officer John Franklin, Officer Robert Davis, Officer Kelly Anderson, Officer Eric Garecht and Telecommunicator IV Tracy Zingg each earned a Lifesaving Award. Lieutenant Jarad Phelps, First Sergeant Liam Burke, First Sergeant Christopher Meurer, Sergeant Heather Younce, Administrative Support Assistant III Mary Munoz, Detective Donanthony King, Detective Daniel Downey Jr., Detective Heather Darling, Detective Whitney Lanier, Detective Kevin Carr, Detective Joseph Westerman, Detective John Lennox, Detective Colleen Grantham, Detective Marcos Spittal, Detective Michelle Nemerow, Detective David Cho, Detective Annie Tyrrell, Detective John Kelly, Detective Kimberly Norton, Detective Nicole Del Vecchio, Detective Gary Van Dyke and Detective Robyn Hyatt each earned an Investigative Merit Award. Read more.
 
USPCA National Trials: Officer Bill VanAntwerp and K-9 Hawkeye took 1st place overall at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) PD1 National Trials, and was honored at the Region 3 Awards Banquet for his accomplishment.
 
Prince William County Volunteer of the Quarter: Chet Burke was named the PWC Volunteer of the Quarter for October-December 2012. He will be recognized by the Board of County Supervisors at a meeting in April 2013. Mr. Burke is a volunteer with the Police Department.

Prince William County Employee of the Month: First Sergeant Shawn Peak was named the PWC Employee of the Month for March 2013. He was recognized by the Board of County Supervisors at a meeting in March 2013. More . . .
 
Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE): Lieutenant Scott A. Kearns, supervisor of the Police Personnel Bureau, was part of a team that received a Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE). The awards were presented at a ceremony and reception on March 1, 2013. The SAFE awards -- sponsored by the County's Risk Management Office in cooperation with the County's Safety and Health Council -- recognize excellence in risk management and occupational safety and health.