Awards and Recognition

The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2014:
 
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.
 
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 five  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.
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The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2012:

 

2012 Law Enforcement Award of Excellence (WRAP): For the third 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).

Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award: The Department received this award for "excellence in initiation, implementation, and using research to improve police operations and public safety" from the International Association of Chiefs of Police/Sprint. Read more. . .

2012 SHIELD Award: The Department, through its membership on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), received a SHIELD Award from the Anti-Defamation League for the work of the JTTF in the investigation and subsequent arrest of the person responsible for a series of shootings in Northern Virginia in the fall of 2010. More. . . 

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.
 
USPCA Case of the Quarter (Region 3): Officer Kevin Curry and K-9 Briscoe were selected as the 'Case of the Quarter' for the United States Police Canine Association Region 3. They were nominated for a successful track that led police to the discovery of an armed man who had committed a burglary moments earlier.

Prince William County Volunteers of the Quarter: David and Patricia Whitman were named the PWC Volunteers of the Quarter for October-December 2011. They were recognized by the Board of County Supervisors at its meeting on Feb. 21, 2012. The Whitmans are volunteers with the Police Department.

Human Rights Award: On behalf of the Department, Chief Charlie T. Deane accepted the Prince William County Human Rights Commission (HRC) Human Rights Award at a ceremony on Jan. 21, 2012. The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals and organizations that actively promote the principles of human rights. The commission honored Chief Deane for fairly implementing the 2007 resolution that directs illegal immigration enforcement by the Police Department.