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Meritorius/Exceptional Police Duty Award 2007  
Awarded to

Detective Brandon King

for the Spruce Street drug raid on 8/12/06. Not only did his diligence in following up on drug information via a knock and talk lead to a serious drug dealer's arrest, but his intel gathering techniques have led to a record number of informants and drug related arrests on campus this year.  
Awarded to

Officer Jason Bellavance and Officer Michael Blow

Officer Bellavance for his 11 DUI cases in 2006 and for his work on the pedestrian/traffic problem area of Davis/Simpson Lots and U Hgts. Rd. (installing of stop signs as a result of their efforts; pedestrian safety…) Officer Blow for his 8 DUI cases in 2006 and his for his work on the pedestrian/traffic problem area of Davis/Simpson Lots and U Hgts Rd.  
Awarded to

Officer Chris Hunter and Officer Mandy Wooster

Officer Christopher Hunter for his 10 DUI cases in 2006 and Officer Mandy Wooster for her 9 DUI cases in 2006  
Awarded to

Officer Sue Roberts

for her Crime Prevention techniques and instituting safety plans ; work with victims of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenders; and the RAD program.  
Awarded to

Officer Matthew Collins

for his work maintaing our PBT devices; always carrying the AED while on duty; recertifying the department each year in CPR; and taking the initiative to take photos of the traffic signs by the parking garage for officers' use in court.  
Awarded to

Sgt. Danniel Finnegan and Sgt. Scott Frennier

Sgt. Finnegan for his leadership of officers in obtaining search warrants and awareness of drug interdictions; his oversight of the recruitment efforts; and dealing with numerous potentially volatile incidents, including a knife wielding suspect. Sgt. Frennier for his oversight and continuous development of the PTO program; his work with firearms; and his immediate response to the shuttle bus situation this year.   2006  
Awarded to

Officer Michael Blow and Officer Brandon King

For their tireless efforts to address pedestrian safety around campus, specifically focused on apprehending drunk drivers; and for their work in combating drug dealing and associated problems. Officer King arrested 19 suspects for DUI while Officer Blow arrested 7.   2005  
Awarded to

Captain Lianne Tuomey, Sgt. Michael Thomas, Detective Timothy Bilodeau, Officer Jason Bellavance, Dispatcher Diane Gagnon

Redstone Riot Investigation Immediately following the riot in Oct it quickly became obvious that identifying the people responsible for the destruction was going to be a challenge. Our investigators took the aired footage from WCAX and captured digital stills. They then posted those digital stills to our web page and we asked the campus community for help in identification. By all accounts, we were successful in doing so. A dozen people were identified and arrested for their participation in the destruction of university property. Some of you may recall that our request for video footage from WCAX sparked a legal debate that has been heard in the VT Supreme Court.  
Awarded to

Sgt. James Phelps, Detective Timothy Bilodeau, Officer David Bennett, Dispatcher Diane Gagnon

Carbon Monoxide Incident As I mentioned earlier, we invested a substantial amount of time in the investigation of the tragic series of events leading to the death at Redstone Apartments. Our investigators networked with other police agencies including the Burlington Police Department, State Labor and Industry, and VT State Police to unravel the series of events and related incidents. The following professionals spent countless hours away from family and friends in service to Jeffrey Rodliff, his family, and all those affected.  
Awarded to

Officer Michael Henry

DUI Arrests We have a pedestrian community that travels the streets surrounding the campus 24/7. As such, traffic safety is an important activity for us. Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious concern which poses an extreme threat to our community. Im pleased to present this Meritorious Duty Award to Officer Michael Henry for 17 DUI arrests this past year. Given all the responsibilities a UVM police officer has during their shift, this is an impressive accomplishment.  
Awarded to

Captain Lianne Tuomey, Sgt. Scott Frennier, Officer Daniel Finnegan

PTO Program In 1999, the COPS Office funded the Reno (Nevada) Police Department and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to develop an alternative national model for field training of police officers that would incorporate community policing and problem solving principles. The result of their collaboration is a new training program called the Police Training Officer (PTO) Program. It incorporates contemporary methods of adult education and a version of the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method of teaching adapted for police. Most importantly, it serves to ensure that academy graduates' first experience as police professionals is one that reflects policing in the 21st century. An important long-term benefit to the agency is the further institutionalization of community policing and problem solving. First tested in the Reno Police Department and subsequently tested by five other agencies, the PTO program has produced outstanding results. New officers enter the field with problem-solving skills that are rarely seen at that career level. New officers also display remarkable leadership and willingness to work as partners with the local community to fight crime and disorder problems. The PTO program is producing officers who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude for today's law enforcement environment. Officers learn to perform their duties in a more efficient, effective and equitable manner. This past year we became the first police department in VT to implement the PTO Model and it required our team of field training officers to re-write the book on how we train and evaluate new officers. I couldnt be happier with their results. Im pleased to present this Meritorious Duty Award to Sgt. Scott Frennier, Officer Daniel Finnegan and Captain Lianne Tuomey for all their hard work on this project.   2004  
Awarded to

Matthew Collins

For his exceptional police work in solving the Burlington Country Club burglary and in assisting South Burlington Police by locating and stopping a vehicle in a GBC that was wanted in relation to an aggravated sexual assault at a local hotel. On August 16, 2003 in the early morning hours, South Burlington PD issued a general broadcast for a vehicle carrying suspects in an aggravated sexual assault occurring at a local hotel. Officer Collins spotted the vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop that led to the identification of a witness and subsequent arrest of the suspects.  
Awarded to

Michael Henry

For "volunteering" to be our in house MVR expert. Mikeís expertise in the MVR has rescued the department from additional repair delays, thus being able to operate at a higher level of efficiency. He is a resource for other equipment issues such as vehicle lighting and components, and worked on organizing and labeling the radio chargers and flashlights in room 135. Mike has also led the department this past year with 11 DUI arrests ñ making our community safer by keeping drunk drivers off our roadways.  
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Daniel Finnegan

Dan, AKA "Bobcat", has been hard at work with 10 DUIs this past year. This is Danís first year with the department and he has shown great responsibility and innovation during.   2003  
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Timothy Bilodeau

For his dedication to law enforcement and UVM Police Services. Tim has had a huge case load this past year and he has produced exceptional work. Tim’s integrity is unquestionable and he is a true team player. His caring, quiet, and humorous nature is enjoyed and respected by the department and the community. All of these characteristics make him highly effective as a detective with UVM Police. He is our Columbo!  
Awarded to

Sharon Patenaude

For her dedication as a dispatcher, teacher, union steward, and valuable team member. Sharon has a remarkable ability to multi-task. She has an astounding knowledge of UVM Police, the university community, and her job duties. She has worked hard this year completing a CTO program and manual, assisted in NIBRS work, and has offered to work a tremendous amount of overtime when other dispatchers have to take time off and in the position of union steward. Sharon has also helped out with payroll whenever she is needed.  
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Traffic Safety

The overall quality of work by the next officers in combination with their dedication to the traffic and pedestrian safety makes their efforts worthy of this recognition. We’re proud to present our meritorious ands exceptional police duty awards to:

Jeffrey Jackman – 12 DUI

Scott Frennier – 13 DUI

Sebastian Gilder – 14 DUI.   2002  

Awarded to

Scott Frennier

The demands on a UVM police officer are tremendous. I expect them to enforce laws and policies with the same level of energy that they expend making contacts in our residential and business communities. For his traffic safety efforts, specifically 14 DUI arrests in 2001, and his drug interdiction work in the residence halls, it is an honor to present this meritorious/exceptional duty award to Scott Frennier.  
Awarded to

Jeffrey Jackman

Jeff Jackman has made his mark as an aggressive officer, and willing educator. His efforts are numerous and include Vermont Police Academy trainer and traffic grant coordinator. For his performance in traffic safety and creating safe streets by making 17 DUI arrests in 2001, and for all his efforts, it is an honor to present Jeffrey Jackman with a meritorious/exceptional duty award.  
Awarded to

Joshua Catella

We can't know what would have happened if our staff didn't react as they did on February 8, 2001 in the Wilks' Hall fire. Officer Catella's fast, decision actions in controlling the blaze and evacuating the building resulted in no injuries and minimal property damage. In addition, we wish to recognize his traffic safety efforts and commitment to creating safe streets by making 16 DUI arrests in 2001. For these actions, we are pleased to present Officer Catella with a Meritorious/Exceptional Duty Award.  
Awarded to

Michael Thomas

As shift commander on February 8, 2001, Mike Thomas had the ultimate responsibility in assuring the safety of students and staff in Wilks Hall. For this leadership and decisive actions we are proud to present him with our Meritorious/Exceptional Duty Award.  
Awarded to

James Phelps

Over the course of 2001 and into early 2002 Officer James Phelps investigated several highly visible and serious cases with great skill and positive results. In mid-September he began an investigation into a series of stolen credit cards. The suspect male was identified from bank video photos as Christopher M. Ribecca. Ribecca was a fugitive from justice and was additionally wanted by the Burlington Police Department; Colchester Police Department; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Haverford (PA) Township Police; Marple (PA) Township Police; and authorities in New Jersey. Jim's tenacity and investigative skills resulted in the clearing of credit card cases from departments all over the county along with two stolen vehicle investigations. Shortly afterwards, Jim went on to adeptly and empathetically handle the soccer camp investigation and then moved on to use informant information and adroit interview skills to solve a multiple burglary investigation in Simpson dining hall. Officer Phelps consistently demonstrates highly developed investigative and communication skills that obtain positive results. We are proud to present Officer Phelps with our Meritorious/Exceptional Duty Award in recognition of his success.  
Awarded to

Robert Ketcham

Our crime prevention program stemmed from a relationship with the Library, which stemmed from the mind of Bob Ketcham. His drive to recognize problems and offer proactive solutions has become of the hallmark of our prevention activities. His professional accomplishments and abilities as the Crime Prevention Officer were instrumental to creating our initiative. Bob is dedicated to teaching the community about safety and crime prevention, and is known and respected throughout the campus. For his important work we are pleased to present him with our Meritorious/Exceptional Service Award.  
Awarded to

Lianne Tuomey

Capt. Lianne Tuomey was instrumental in organizing our 420 response in 2001 and 2002. She organized communications with surrounding police agencies, and brought experts in mobile field force deployment to Vermont for county-wide training. There were countless details, assignments, contingencies, and coordination needs that she deftly handled. She brought honor to Police Services and continues to serve with devotion. For her leadership in this area, we are pleased to present Captain Lianne M. Tuomey with our Meritorious/Exceptional Service Award.  
Awarded to

Gregory Domingue

For organizing and overseeing of the FTO program, and his commitment to quality background investigations. With the number of folks hired in the past 4 years, the burden on proper background investigations has increased. Then, once on board, the training and preparation of new police officers is substantial. Greg coordinates both well. For his leadership in this area, we are pleased to present Sgt. Gregory Domingue with our Meritorious/Exceptional Service Award.  
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