Employee Recognition

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.

For the month of April 2020, I would like to congratulate the following officers for their selection as the Officers of the Month:

Officer R.M. Woody

Officer, R. M. Woody

Officer of the Month

Officer R. M. Woody: On 4-15-20, he responded to a residence for a threat in which a caller stated a victim had poured kerosene all over his body and threatened to light himself on fire.  He approached and noticed an open flame on the floor.  Officer Woody made entry and put out the fire.  Once inside, he made contact with the victim, who was having mental health issues.  The victim picked up two knives and advanced on Officer Woody.  Officer Woody quickly created distance, gave commands, and radioed for back up. His attention to the victim’s actions allowed for a safe retreat in circumstances that would have called for a high-level use of force.  Officer Woody’s calm demeanor also kept the victim’s already excited state from escalating any further.  He stood by until the victim put down the knives and turned himself over to the police to get treatment. Great work!

Detective,  J. M. Masi

Specialty Officer of the Month

Detective J. M. Masi: On 4-22-20, he was assigned to follow up on two reports of graffiti vandalism. The first occurred at the abandoned church were suspects spray-painted symbols of hate on the building.  The second incident occurred at the Salvation Army, where suspects spray-painted satanic and occult images on the building. After an extensive investigation, Detective Masi discovered several persons of interest. He talked to his suspects, and they confessed to the crimes.  Detective Masi’s advanced investigative skills were put on display as he tirelessly worked to find those responsible for these crimes. Det Masi recognized the potentially destructive nature of this type of crime on a community and tireless work towards a resolution to bring answers and comfort to the neighborhoods affected. Outstanding job!

Officer J.M. Masi
Officer T.T. Russell

Detective, T. T. Russell

Specialty Officer of the Month

Detective T. T. Russell: On 4-12-20 officers were dispatched to a shots fired call. Detective Russell and other investigators responded; Detective Russell was the lead investigator.  He learned a vehicle came to the location, and several subjects assaulted the victim.  The information developed was several shots were fired from the vehicle and struck a house.  Detective Russell was able to establish probable cause to charge five suspects with several felonies for a violent crime involving firearms.   Detective Russell showed dedication in his pursuit of these violent offenders and most likely prevented future actions in continuation of this incident or retaliation. Great work!

 

Please join me in congratulating our officers of the month!

 

Scott C. Booth

Chief of Police