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.