Prince William County Volunteer of the Quarter: Vincent Hamilton was named the PWC Volunteer of the Quarter for April-June 2012. He was recognized by the Board of County Supervisors at a meeting in July 2012. Mr. Hamilton is a volunteer with the Police Department.
VACP/VPCF Valor Award: Lieutenant John J. Twomey (ret.), Officer Richard D. Visconti, Officer Matthew D. Anderson, Officer John P. Clair and Charles D. Kincheloe (formerly with the PWCPD) received a 2012 Valor Award from the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation (VPCF). This valor award recognizes a law enforcement officer who, in the line of duty, performs an act of extraordinary heroism while engaged with an adversary at imminent personal risk.
VACP/VPCF Lifesaving Award: Lieutenant William Cox, First Sergeant Michael Hustwayte, Officer Matthew West and William Dalton (formerly with the PWCPD) received a 2012 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 life of a fellow law enforcement officer.
Stafford County Sheriff's Office Meritorious Service Award: Lieutenant William Cox, First Sergeant Michael Hustwayte, Officer Matthew West, and William Dalton (formerly with the PWCPD) were recipients of this award for saving the life of a Stafford County sheriff's deputy during a scuba diving exercise in 2011.
Dale City VFW Post 1508 Officer of the Year Award: Officer Jonlyn Gigi received this honor for her successful handling of an incident where a juvenile had a gun in his home and was a danger to himself and other family members. She was honored at a ceremony on May 4, 2012.
VASAP/MADD DUI Enforcement Award: Officers Jeremy Schenck, Robert White, Shawn Gallagher, Chad Mason and Dave Dallek 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 4, 2012. The five officers were recognized for their outstanding DUI enforcement efforts in the County in the previous year. This is the fourth time Officer Schenck has received this award, the second time for Officers Gallagher and Dallek, and the first time for Officers White and Mason.
USPCA Field Trials: Officer William VanAntwerp and his canine partner, Hawkeye, placed 1st Overall (out of 36 K-9 teams) competing at the United States Police Canine Association's (USPCA) region 3 trials at the end of April. They also took 1st place in Obedience -- achieving a perfect score, 1st place in Agility and 1st place in Combined Search.
2011 Administrative/Customer Service Award, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Mrs. Beate Begley was selected from all municipal animal shelters and non-profit animal welfare organizations in the metropolitan Washington area for her design and implementation of a dog handling program for all adult & teen volunteers, work-release volunteers, and new dog owners who have adopted from the Prince William County Animal Shelter. Her continued dedication, methodology, positive outlook and professionalism help thousands of animals to be adopted or returned to their owners each year from the Animal Shelter.
Valor Awards, Prince William Chamber of Commerce:
Thirteen Department employees and the members of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force earned Valor Awards during the 26th annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. Senior Lieutenant William Cox and Officer William Dalton each earned a Gold Medal. First Sergeant Mike Hustwayte, Lieutenant John Twomey, Officer John Clair, Officer Richard Visconti, Officer Matthew Anderson and Officer Charles Kincheloe each received Silver Medals. Officer Chad Mason and retired Officer James Shelton each earned a Lifesaving Award. Members of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force received Investigative Merit Awards. Read more
Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE): The Police Department earned the 2012 Risk Manager's Award and the 2012 Safe Driving Award from County government during a ceremony on Feb. 29, 2012. 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: Officer David McKeown was honored on Jan. 28, 2012, for his hard work and responsiveness to the wide variety of community-maintenance, law enforcement issues in Dale City in 2011.