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Chief's forum to announce award recipients

May 16, 2003 00:00

  

On Monday, May 19, 2003, Chief Mark A. Kroeker and Chief's Forum's co-chairs Norm Costa and Melissa Delaney will recognize this year's award recipients at the annual award ceremony scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th, second floor auditorium.

The Chief's Forum developed the awards to acknowledge community members, organizations, and Police Bureau members for their contributions to our community. There are four categories that recognize individuals for furthering the goals of community policing and demonstrate exceptional accomplishments.

The award recipients and the categories are: The Nathan Thomas Memorial Award is awarded to any individual for an act of outstanding performance by which the nominee demonstrated in great degree, exceptional communicative accomplishments, which further the goals of Community Policing and/or shows acts of selflessness, personal courage, and devotion to the community.

The Nathan Thomas Memorial Award recipient is Detective Terry Wagner, Central Precinct, for her unquestionable integrity and sense of volunteerism that exemplifies the values of community policing, teamwork and communication. Det. Wagner's excellence in investigating crimes of violence against women and children has led to the apprehension and conviction of countless criminals. Her role as a detective, educator, and negotiator has improved the partnership between the Police Bureau and our community.

The Chief's Forum is awarding a Special Recognition category this year to honor two officers for their excellence in communication, their teamwork with other responding officers, and their safe tactics while handling a potentially volatile situation.

The Special Recognition Award recipients are Officers Joshua Howery and Craig Mendenhall from Southeast Precinct.

The Community Policing Problem Solving Award may be awarded to any individual or group for recognition of demonstrated creative problem-solving methods and/or techniques used to aid in the betterment of the community.

The award recipients are: John Farra for his work to reduce street drinking in the St. Johns area. Homeless Youth Oversight Committee for establishing the Portland Police Bureau/Homeless Youth Continuum Partnership. Officer Jeff Myers for his innovative efforts as a Senior Neighborhood Officer. Ombudsman Services of Elders in Action for their work to alleviate the effects of elder abuse and crime victims. Xander Patterson, David Zundel, and Jan Weston for their peacekeeping efforts during recent rallies and marches. Gary Schwindt for his community organizing efforts. Howard Weiner for his crime prevention efforts in the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood.

The Certificate of Appreciation is awarded to any individual or group who directly aids the community in promoting the community policing effort in a distinctive way.

The award recipients are: Officer Steve Andrusko for his work and dedication in addressing crime in southwest Portland. Officer Cliff Bacigalupi for his work with the community in the St. Johns Neighborhood Association. Officer Jason Christensen for his efforts in resolving crime concerns in the Kenton Neighborhood Association. Tonya Dickens for helping to prevent youth involvement in gangs. Officer Larry Graham for his exemplary efforts as a Senior Neighborhood Officer. Ruth Hander for her work as chair of the Madison South Neighborhood Assocation. Shirley Holmes, Sgt. Steven Larsen, Arlene Martinez, Diana McClure, Ann Panton, and Mary Walker for ensuring East Precinct officers' patrol cars are stocked with needed supplies. Geneva McArtor and R. Palmer Moore for serving as co-captains of the Binford Condominium Neighborhood Watch. Barbara Quinn for organizing the Walk to School Safety Day for North Portland.

The Youth Recognition Certificate is awarded to any youth, who, through school or community activities, promotes the community policing effort in a distinctive way. A youth is any individual under the age of 18 years or still in high school.

The award recipients are: Charles A. McGee, III for his community leadership efforts. Keystone Warriors of the Wattles Boys and Girls Club for their service to the Portland community.

For more information, contact Kelly Ball, Planning and Support Division, at 503.823.0286.

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