Awards and Recognition

The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2015:
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.
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.
PWC 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.