Valor Awards, Prince William Chamber of Commerce: More than 50 Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 34th annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. Master Police Officer Joe Allen received the Silver Medal for Valor. Officers Zachary Smith, Anthony Edwards, Michael Ragan and Colby Matthews received the Bronze Medal for Valor (Officer Ragan received two awards for two separate incidents). Sergeant Darren Hadro and Officers Kara Brown, Matthew Ernst, Kelsey Hannemann, Sarah Kolkmeyer, Ryan Linkous, Kevin MacFarlane, Colby Matthews, Casey Nelsen, Christopher Paradis, Christopher Seise, Ajay Singh, Andrew Smyth and Thomas Wheeler received the Valorous Unit Award. Sergeant Dennis Jensen and Officers Christopher Hume, Jonathan Seals, Liam Spina, Brian Mundon and William Ward received the Merit Award for Valor. The Criminal Investigations Division and the Forensic Services Section received the Hillary Robinette Award for Investigative Excellence. First Sergeants Kenneth Hulsey, Michael Sullivan, Sergeants Donna Edelen and Caillen Smith, Detectives Neal Anglin Jeremy Booth, Simon Chu, Stephen Cieslinski, Cameron Crouch, Eric Davis, Donald DeShazo, Kevin Hook, Brandon Hunt, Jonathan Kennedy, Joshua Lane, Walter O'Neal, Nader Qura, Tommy Rodriquez, Daniel Sekely, Wayne Smith, Nicholas Waymire and Robert White, and Officers Timothy Clark, Michael Furr and Felipe Villalobos Reyes received the Merit Award for Investigative Excellence.
Kathy T. Prescott Award for GIS Quality, Innovation & Business Partnership, Prince William County Government: Kenneth E. Thomas, a public safety technical program analyst with the Police Department, as well as the Department's Information Technology Management Bureau, received this award for showing initiative and resourcefulness in developing tools for Police Department use that advance GIS services within the agency.
Police Officer of the Year Award, Dale City Civic Association: Officer Tyler Reza was honored on Jan. 25, 2020, for his work in 2019 in the Dale City community. Officer Reza investigated two specific incidents where his prompt response and dedication resulted in arrests of individuals plaguing the community. His police work keeps the Dale City community safer.
The Police Department or its members won the following awards or earned the following recognition in 2019:
WRAP DUI Enforcement Award: Officer Chad Mason received this award from the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) for his dedication to DUI and DUID enforcement.
Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve: Lieutenant Shawn Peak was recognized by the DoD for his outstanding support of one of his patrol squad members who was on an extended military deployment at a ceremony on Dec. 4, 2019.
Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing: The U.S. Justice Department recognized four current or former members of the Police Department at an awards ceremony on Dec. 3, 2019. Officers Nicholas Kelly, Rachel Mynier and John Yenchak, and former officer Evan Jurgensen, received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing-Field Operations.
Faithful Servants Awards: Faithful Servants of America and Divine Word International Ministries recognized several Police Department members at an awards ceremony on Oct. 26, 2019. Officers Nicholas Kelly, Rachel Mynier and John Yenchak, and former officer Evan Jurgensen, received the Award for Valor. Lieutenant Ruben Castilla received the Police Officer of the Year award. Crime Analyst Megan O'Neill received the Civilian Employee of the Year award. The Rev. Beverly Swayze, a police chaplain, received the Volunteer of the Year award.
Sons of the American Revolution Awards: Officers Evan Jurgensen, Nicholas Kelly, Rachel Mynier and John Yenchak received the SAR Medal for Heroism for their actions in a shooting investigation last November. First Sergeants David Bliss and Dan Crawford, and Officers Taylor Calton, Wade Dickinson, Benjamin Infanti, Jordanis Lozier, Matthew Takats and Kevin Vasquez received the SAR Law Enforcement Commendation Medal for their work in the shooting investigation.
National Association of Counties (NaCO) Achievement Award: The Department earned a 2019 Achievement Award from NaCO for the Citizen Advisory Board, which was created in 2017. The mission of the board is to enhance trust, communication and collaboration between the community and the Police Department in order to increase knowledge and understanding.
County Executive's Awards: Four Department members earned a County Executive's Award in 2019. Captain Shana A. Hrubes was recognized as part of a County-wide team examining personnel policies. Detectives Matthew D. Anderson, Eric A. Davis and Garry L. Mendoza were recognized for their work on an multi-victim armed robbery investigation.
Officer Safety and Wellness Award, NLEOMF: The Department earned a national Officer Safety and Wellness Award from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) for its wellness program. The 2019 Officer Wellness Award recognizes programs promoting physical fitness and supporting overall officer well-being.
USPCA Region 3 Trials: Detective Bryan Sutton and his K-9 partner Benjamin entered
the U.S. Police Canine Association (USCPA) Region 3 Trials and came in first
place for Narcotics Detection. This qualified the team for USPCA National trials, which
took place in Albany, N.Y. Detective Sutton and K-9 Benjamin competed against
more than 50 K-9 teams from across the United States, taking 11th
place for Narcotics Detection. Congratulations to Detective Sutton and K-9 Benjamin!
2019 SAFE Awards: Office Alexander McMillan received a 2019 Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) from Prince William County government's Office of Risk Management for his work with a Department of Fire & Rescue colleague to develop safety training for public-safety personnel, as well as for other County government employees who may encounter opioids as they go about their work duties. Additionally, the Department earned the Risk Manager's Award for reducing by 44 percent over 2018 the severity, frequency and incident rates of occupational injuries and/or illnesses.
Valor Awards, Prince William Chamber of Commerce: More than 45 Department employees earned Valor Awards during the 33rd annual Prince William Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards for acts of bravery and valor in the conduct of their duties. First Sergeant Daniel Crawford, Sergeant David Bliss, and Officers Taylor Calton, Wade Dickinson, Travis Hardman, Benjamin Infanti, Evan Jurgensen, Nicholas Kelly, Jordanis Lozier, Franco Martinez, Rachel Mynier, Matthew Takats, Kevin Vasquez and John Yenchak received the Gold Medal for Valor. Investigator Robert Drumm and Officers Christopher Hume, Nicholas Kelly, Brian Kimble, Jordanis Lozier, Joshua Myers and Jonathan Seals received the Silver Medal for Valor. Officer Sean Richards received the Merit Award for Valor. First Sergeant Kenneth Hulsey, Sergeant Ryan Pavol, Detectives Jeremy Booth, Simon Chu, Joshua Lane, Kevin Morin, Matthew Newton, Walter O'Neal, Daniel Sekely, Wayne Smith, Helga Thorsdottir, Nicholas Waymire, Robert White, Officer Darrick Dillon and former Detective Alicia Larkins received the Hillary Robinette Award for Investigative Excellence. Detectives Lourdes Cainas, Victor Cordero, Donald DeShazo, Robyn Hyatt, Jonathan Kennedy, Joshua Lane, Nathan Thomas, Katherine Zaimas, Officer Ronald Carpio, Crime Scene Analyst Rebekah Kushner, Crime Analysts Jacquelin Graham and Dawn Locke-Trillhaase, Crime Scene Specialist Shreya Kamath, and Fingerprint Technician Rose Hellmann received the Merit Award for Investigative Excellence.
Community Partnership Award, Action in the Community Through Service (ACTS): Chief Barry Barnard accepted this award on behalf of the Police Department from Action in the Community Through Service (ACTS) at their 50th anniversary gala on Feb. 28, 2019. ACTS cited the Department's continued support of the organization's goals, including the most recent collaboration on support for the victims of domestic violence through the Lethality Assessment Protocol program.