December 16, 2015
The Johns Creek Police Department recognized several officers for exceptional public service at the 2015 Johns Creek Police Awards Banquet Dec. 5 at St. Ives Country Club.
"We have an exceptional department with high standards of professionalism and a willingness to go beyond what’s expected," said Police Chief Ed Densmore. "Many of our officers could have taken home these awards, but we decided to focus on officers who we believe who go above and beyond consistently.”
Officers were nominated by peers and chosen by a select committee of officers and command staff. Detective James Harris was named Officer of the Year for his tireless efforts to unravel a drug trafficking network spanning several states and now involving several law enforcement agencies; for building a case against a serial rapist; and for successfully investigating several child molestation and child exploitation cases.
Lt. Paul Michaud received the Leadership Award for establishing a Crisis Intervention Team to help de-escalate volatile situations. He also participated in a task force for prevention, education and awareness of mental illness, and has been asked to speak on the subject at various events.
Sgt. Debra Kalish received the Chief's Award for efforts to build a partnership between the community and the police through such programs as the Women and Teen Safety and Self-Defense class, radKids, SHIELD business watch, and for work on the department’s social media pages.
Tanesha Taylor, CSI, was selected Employee of the Year for her expertise in best evidence practices, and disposition of property. Several other agencies consult with her on CSI-related issues.
Officer Tomario Rowe and Officer Beth Roberts were named 2015 Physical Fitness Challenge winners after placing first out of 32 officers in a department fitness program.
A Squad was tapped as Squad of the Year for saving people’s lives on two occasions, raising money for just causes in the community. A Squad officers assisting other JCPD divisions have received commendations, while others assisting other agencies have been credited with saving lives outside the City and recognized for their help.
LouAnn and Ashley Lebovitz were chosen as Volunteers of the Year for cheerfully helping file and re-organize essential paperwork and other key office duties.
Dimitri Caldwell was named Officer of the Fourth Quarter of 2015 for routinely going out of his way and beyond the call the duty to assist the community. By making several calls and working with an Atlanta detective, he helped a citizen recover a valuable necklace stolen when their car was taken. He also helped organize the successful Trunk and Treat, Coffee with a Cop, and the K9 operation at Northview High School.
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