Officer of the Month
The Danville Police Department implemented an Officer of the Month program in 2018. Each month, Chief Scott Booth asks supervisors assigned to the Operations Division to select an officer that has gone “above and beyond” in the performance of his or her duties and write up a brief synopsis detailing those efforts. The members of the command staff then meet, review the submissions, and make a selection. The same process is also followed for the Services Division, and an officer assigned to a unit other than Operations is selected as well.
Patrol officer of the month | Officer P. J. Hamlett
During the month of September, The Danville Police Department began special focused investigations to address a pattern of thefts from unlocked vehicles. Officer P. J. Hamlett was on this assignment and spotted a suspicious vehicle matching the description of a recently reported stolen vehicle. After a coordinated police response, the vehicle was stopped, and four individuals were detained. With the assistance from Investigations, the follow-up investigation on the suspects led to the recovery of a second stolen vehicle, as well as items stolen from multiple unlocked vehicles. The investigative response led to the recovery of stolen firearms and personal items. Officer P. J. Hamlett is to be commended for his outstanding work during the month of September.
SPECIALITY Officer of the Month | Corporal B.P. Crozier
Corporal B. P. Crozier is responsible for the police department’s training. New training standards with strict timelines on the submissions of the training data has created many new challenges for the department. During the month of September, Corporal Crozier methodically assisted all employees to get the required training for certification completed. He then took additional steps to ensure the training was entered correctly and in a timely manner into the system. He verified every single training document, and also caught some issues that could have adversely affected an officer’s certification. The entire agency minus one officer was able to complete the training before the deadline. Corporal Crozier is to be applauded for his exceptional efforts during the month of September.
COMMUNITY GUARDIAN AWARD of the quarter - third quarter of 2022 | Officer J.S. StadLER
During the third quarter of 2022, Officer J. S. Stadler responded to a call-in reference to a male that was on top of a four-story building threatening to jump. He was able to talk with the subject and build a rapport with him. After talking with the male for about an hour, Officer Stadler was able to convince the male to come down off the building. The male came down from the building and was able to receive some mental health assistance. The empathy, compassion, and patience that Officer Stadler exhibited is a great reflection on him and the Danville Police Department.
Supervisor of the Quarter – Third Quarter of 2022 | Lieutenant S. J. High
Lieutenant S. J. High is responsible for the leadership and supervision of the Criminal Investigations Division. During the third quarter of 2022, he led his team during two separate homicide investigations that eventually led to three individuals being charged with murder. Also during the quarter, the city saw a spike in the number of thefts from motor vehicles. Under the direction and leadership of Lieutenant High, his team has been able to clear more than 20 of those cases. His determination, work ethic, and team-oriented leadership style has led to the success of the Criminal Investigations Division. Lieutenant High deserves credit for his outstanding efforts in the third quarter of 2022.
Professional Staff Member of the Quarter – Third Quarter of 2022 | Ms. ASHTYN B. FODDRELL
Ms. Ashtyn B. Foddrell is the Department’s Community Relations Liaison. During the third quarter of 2022, she conducted a four week Exploring Danville Architecture Summer Camp with funding from the Danville Regional Foundation. This allowed children in the community aged 8 – 16 years old to attend free of charge to learn about the history of Danville. Also, she hosted two interns from the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research. They learned about the department’s community engagement efforts and partnerships. The internship culminated in a final project, Youth Mental Matters, which was well received and attended by the community. In addition, Ashtyn was awarded a grant to attend the Reimagining Juvenile Justice Opportunity conference in Denver, Colorado. Their mission is to make the paradigm shift from traditional thinking to a more positive youth development-centered mindset and across-systems approach. The City of Danville was one of only twelve localities in the United States to receive the award. Ms. Ashtyn Foddrell is to be congratulated for the great job she did during the third quarter of 2022.