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April 01, 2002 00:00


At its regularly scheduled meeting today, Monday, April 1, 2002, the Chief’s Forum is presenting their annual community policing awards. The award ceremony will be held in the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th, in the second floor auditorium, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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 the community policing philosophy and demonstrate exceptional accomplishments.

The award recipients and the categories are:

The Nathan Thomas Memorial Award: 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.

Recipient: Officer Tashia Hager, Southeast Precinct, for her exceptional communication skills, teamwork with other officers and use of safe tactics which resulted in the safe outcome of a suicidal subject, the subject’s roommates and her fellow officers.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Nathan Thomas’ death. In honor of Nathan and to acknowledge the community policing efforts that have been achieved in the past 10 years, the Forum will be recognizing two finalists for their contributions.

Special Recognition Awards: Recipient: Officer Andy Madden for his demonstrated skill and excellent communication that have served to diffuse potentially violent situations.

Recipient: Officer George Carl for his skills, his creativity, and his communication efforts in handling a potentially volatile situation when he was dispatched on a suspicious person call.

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. Fifteen individuals are being recognized today:

Recipients: Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation for their work to reduce gun violence through education and the Gun Turn-in program; Sunnyside Cenetery United Methodist Church Foot Patrol for the improved livability of Sunnyside neighborhood; Weed and Seed Neighborhood Livability Missions Program for enhanced community livability; Mt. Tabor Park Host Patrol for improving the quality at Mt. Tabor Park; Officer Roger Axthelm for his work with the Eliot Neighborhood Association; Captain Lynnae Berg for bridging the gap between Portland’s Hispanic community and the Police Bureau; Officer Barbara Glass for her work with the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association; Sgt. James Powell for his work with Dignity Village; Officer Jason Preston for his work on the Auto Theft Task Force; Officer Teresa Uttke for her problem solving efforts that contributed to the livability of neighborhoods and businesses in southeast; P.K. Wall for her work with the Sylvan-Highlands Neighborhood Association; Mark Warrington for his leadership and creativity in promoting the community policing concept in the Portland Parks and Recreations Bureau; Officer Paul Wickersham for his work as the project manager for the Portland Emergency Notification System; Officer Tracy Bertalot and Officer Randy Brandt for their work with the Madison South Neighborhood Association

Certificate of Appreciation: awarded to any individual or group who directly aids the community in promoting the community policing effort in a distinctive way. Twenty individuals are being recognized today:

Recipients: Southeast Precinct Citizens Advisory Council for the time and energy they have given to the Portland Police Bureau and Southeast Precinct; ¡Noticias Latinas!/Latin News! for serving as an important link between the Police ¡Bureau and the Hispanic communities in Oregon; Jeff Augustine for his work with the Senior Locks Program; Alta Gaylord for her 15 years of dedicated leadership as a Neighborhood Watch leader; Dr. Michael Hess for his work with PIIAC and the newly formed Independent Police Review; Officer Phil Kent for his involvement as a community youth leader; Jeffrey Rodney Lee for his commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication to the children of North Portland; José Martinez for serving as a link between the so many sectors of the community and the Police; Carla Thaler for her graffiti abatement efforts; Gloria Wong for her support and encouragement of the Portland

Police officers - Det./Sgt. David Yamasaki for his work with minority groups and the positive way he performs his duties; Cindy and Bob Benson for their volunteer fundraising efforts to purchase ballistic vests for the police canines; David Columbus, Christian Davis and Jonathan Tallman for taking a felon into custody; Dennis and Sally Kemple for their graffiti removal efforts; Marcia Dennis and Rhetta Drennan for the development of on-line communications.

Youth Recognition Certificate: awarded to any youth or group who through school or community activities promotes the community policing effort in a distinctive way.

Recipient: Youth Advisory Council to Northeast Law Enforcement for building a stronger relationship between community youth and the Police Bureau.


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