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Chief's Forum Announces Annual Awards

December 10, 2004 00:00

  

On Dec. 13, 2005, the Chief’s Forum will present awards to this year’s recipients at the annual award ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m. in the second-floor auditorium of the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave.

The Chief’s Forum is a policy advisory group to the Portland Police Bureau’s Chief of Police. The awards honor citizens of the community and Police Bureau members who, through their exceptional performance of community policing activities, have distinguished themselves above and beyond the call of duty.

“In these individuals, you will find the community policing mission and values of the Portland Police Bureau,” Police Chief Derrick Foxworth said. “I believe that involvement is essential to the shared responsibility of community policing efforts. The community and the Police Bureau are partners in helping to reduce crime and the fear of crime for a safer, more livable city.”

There are six award categories. Here is a list of the categories and the award recipients:

Special Recognition Award: Recipient is Betty Hedberg, who served more than 10 years on the Forum. Hedberg, who died in May, worked tirelessly to combat crime, build community and improve the quality of life for southwest neighborhoods.

Nathan Thomas Memorial Award: Forum’s highest award and may be 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 show acts of selflessness, personal courage and devotion to community. This year’s recipient is Officer Michael Castlio for his work with the homeless population in Southeast Portland.

Chief’s Special Recognition Award: Chief of Police Derrick Foxworth will present a special award to Mayor Vera Katz for her vision, leadership and courage in making Portland and its neighborhoods vital, safe communities.

Youth Recognition Certificate: Awarded to any youth, who, through school or community activities, promotes the community policing effort in a distinctive way. Recipient is: Portland Police Bureau Police Cadet Program

Certificate of Appreciation: Awarded to any individual or group who directly aids the community in promoting the community policing effort in a distinctive way. Recipients are: Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Nancy Boxell, Officer Sheri Davis, Officer Eric Brookhouse, Officer Jerry Cioeta, Officer Ken Duilio, Rosanne Lee, Sergeant Rod Lucich, Sergeant Gregory White (Ret.), Annie Neal, Stephanie Reynolds, Officer Steve Andrusko, Officer Scott Westerman, Officer Daryl Turner.

Community Policing Problem-Solving Award: 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. Recipients are: Detective Rachel Andrew, Sergeant Michael Barkley, Marcus Branch, Lillie Fitzpatrick, Officer Sue Kahut, Officer Jeff Myers, Bill Wesslund, Dennis Newton, Jim Churchill and Howie Weiner.

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If the Terwilliger Bridge is to receive a new name, it would be fitting to name it the Betty Hedberg Bridge.

Betty Hedberg worked tirelessly to combat crime in the southwest neighborhoods, and bridged the gap between the community and the local law enforcement agencies to aid her in this effort. As the former chair of the South Burlingame Neighborhood Association, she guided the association through the 14-year design and construction of the Terwilliger Bridge project.

Hedberg died last May at the age of 77. On Dec. 13, 2004, the Chief’s Forum will honor Hedberg with a Special Recognition Award for her tireless efforts to build community, combat crime and improve the quality of life in Southwest Portland. The award ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. in the second-floor auditorium of the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th.

The Chief’s Forum is a policy advisory group to the Portland Police Bureau’s Chief of Police. The Chief’s Forum Awards honor citizens of the community and Police Bureau members who, through their exceptional performance of community policing activities, have distinguished themselves above and beyond the call of duty.

Hedberg was an active member of the Chief’s Forum for more than 10 years, and never refused a special committee assignment to research or address public safety concerns. Among her long list of accomplishments, she was instrumental in establishing the Southwest Community Policing Office and for more than 10 years chaired the Southwest Neighborhood Inc. Crime Prevention/Public Safety Committee.

Hedberg is one of 26 people receiving awards that morning. The other awards and their recipients include:

Chief’s Special Recognition Award: Chief of Police Derrick Foxworth will present a special award to Mayor Vera Katz for her vision, leadership and courage in making Portland and its neighborhoods vital, safe communities.

Youth Recognition Certificate: Awarded to any youth, who, through school or community activities, promotes the community policing effort in a distinctive way. Recipient is: Portland Police Bureau Police Cadet Program

Certificate of Appreciation: Awarded to any individual or group who directly aids the community in promoting the community policing effort in a distinctive way. Recipients are: Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Nancy Boxell, Officer Sheri Davis, Officer Eric Brookhouse, Officer Jerry Cioeta, Officer Ken Duilio, Rosanne Lee, Sergeant Rod Lucich, Sergeant Gregory White (Ret.), Annie Neal, Stephanie Reynolds, Officer Steve Andrusko, Officer Scott Westerman, Officer Daryl Turner.

Community Policing Problem-Solving Award: 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. Recipients are: Detective Rachel Andrew, Sergeant Michael Barkley, Marcus Branch, Lillie Fitzpatrick, Officer Sue Kahut, Officer Jeff Myers, Bill Wesslund, Dennis Newton, Jim Churchill, Howie Weiner.

Nathan Thomas Memorial Award: Forum’s highest award and may be 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 show acts of selflessness, personal courage and devotion to community. This year’s recipient is Officer Michael Castlio for his work with the homeless population in Southeast Portland.

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Mike Castlio has what it takes when it comes to interacting with Portland’s homeless population – patience, trust and compassion.

That is why on Dec. 13, 2004, the 21-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau will receive the Chief’s Forum’s highest honor, the Nathan Thomas Memorial Award.

The Chief’s Forum is a policy advisory group to the Portland Police Bureau’s Chief of Police. The Chief’s Forum Awards honors citizens of the community and Police Bureau members who, through their exceptional performance of community policing activities, have distinguished themselves above and beyond the call of duty. The award ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. in the second-floor auditorium of the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th.

Officer Castlio’s skills and experience in community policing were recently tested in October 2004 when Southeast Precinct and the Oregon Department of Transportation partnered to sweep the large camps of homeless people that developed over the summer along I-5. Although a number of homeless people during the sweep vowed to be arrested rather than move, Castlio patiently explained options and gave them the time and opportunity to move their belongings. Through his efforts, no arrests were made.

The Nathan Thomas Award is named after the 12-year-old boy who in 1992 was taken hostage in Northeast Portland by a burglar, and was fatally wounded by police trying to bring down the suspect. Officer Castlio was at the scene that night.

The Nathan Thomas award is given 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 show acts of selflessness, personal courage and devotion to community.

Officer Castlio is one of 26 people receiving awards that morning. The other awards and their recipients include:

Special Recognition Award: Chief of Police Derrick Foxworth will present a special award to Mayor Vera Katz for her vision, leadership and courage in making Portland and its neighborhoods vital, safe communities.

Chief’s Forum Special Recognition Award: Recipient is Betty Hedberg, who served more than 10 years on the Forum. Hedberg, who died in May, worked tirelessly to combat crime, build community and improve the quality of life for southwest neighborhoods.

Youth Recognition Certificate: Awarded to any youth, who, through school or community activities, promotes the community policing effort in a distinctive way. Recipient is: Portland Police Bureau Police Cadet Program

Certificate of Appreciation: Awarded to any individual or group who directly aids the community in promoting the community policing effort in a distinctive way. Recipients are: Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Nancy Boxell, Officer Sheri Davis, Officer Eric Brookhouse, Officer Jerry Cioeta, Officer Ken Duilio, Rosanne Lee, Sergeant Rod Lucich, Sergeant Gregory White (Ret.), Annie Neal, Stephanie Reynolds, Officer Steve Andrusko, Officer Scott Westerman, Officer Daryl Turner.

Community Policing Problem-Solving Award: 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. Recipients are: Detective Rachel Andrew, Sergeant Michael Barkley, Marcus Branch, Lillie Fitzpatrick, Officer Sue Kahut, Officer Jeff Myers, Bill Wesslund, Dennis Newton, Jim Churchill, Howie Weiner.

For more information on award recipients, please contact the Public Information Office at 503-823-0010, or the Planning & Support Division at 503-823-0283.

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