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UVM Police Services

About Us: Awards & Commendations

Unit Citations 2007  
Awarded to

Officer Jason Bellavance, Officer Matthew Collins, Officer Mandy Wooster, Officer Brenda Tetrault, Sgt. James Phelps, and Sgt. Timothy Bilodeau

On September 2, 2006 UVM Police were called to Harris/Millis Residence Hall to a series of assaults that were in process. A Non-affiliate Male, visiting a friend who lived in the residence hall, had taken a quantity of illegal drugs that placed him in a criminal rampage. Naked and high, he entered the rooms of several female students and violently assaulted them including slamming one student's head against the concrete wall. UVM Police Sgt. Jim Phelps, Officer Jason Bellavance, and Officer Brian Woods responded and cornered the suspect in a room. Failing to listen to verbal instructions, the male lunged at Sgt. Phelps. Ofc. Bellavance quickly deployed his TASER and incapacitated the male quickly and efficiently. He was taken into custody without further incident and charged criminally for his actions that evening. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this could have been a situation that quickly escalated to a justified use of a firearm. Thanks to the professional response of the officers that evening, and the assistance from Ofcs Collins, Bilodeau, Wooster and Tetrault, justice has been served.  
Awarded to

Officer Michael Blow, Officer Brandon King, Sgt. Scott Frennier, and Sgt. Daniel Finnegan

Over the past several years, we have invested considerable time and energy re-developing our police officer training program. Our prior program was based on the model developed in the 1970s in San Diego, CA. It's focus was more on a traditional model of policing; light on problem solving and integration. UVM Police Services adopted the Police Training Officer program that focuses the new officer's learning on a holistic approach to community integration and problem solving. It is a service-learning model most aligned with the spirit of Vermont educator John Dewey, and we are the only police department in the State of Vermont to train officers in this way. The program is a success because of these people.  
Awarded to

Officer Christopher Hunter, Lt. Laurence Magnant, Sgt. James Phelps, Sgt. Daniel Finnegan, Dispatcher William Ploof, Dispatcher Melanie Cote, Dispatcher Sharon Patenaude, and Service Officer Jeffrey Sawyer

In June of 2006, UVM Police Officer Brandon King developed information through a confidential informant that the informant had purchased drugs from a person in the Burlington area. For the next several months, Ofc. King worked with his colleagues in the department and around Chittenden County to identify the dealer as an individual residing on Spruce Street in Burlington. In August of 2006, Ofc. King and Ofc. Christopher Hunter made contact with the suspect at his residence. What King and Hunter did next probably saved their lives and those of other police officers and citizens in the area - they read the suspects body language correctly and did not allow him back into his apartment while they applied for a search warrant. While Ofc. Hunter stood guard, Ofc. King obtained a warrant and returned to the residence with Sgt. Phelps and ultimately a cadre of police officers. Large quantities of drugs and cash were found in the apartment along with 10 loaded and readily accessible firearms ranging from handguns to semi-automatic assault rifles. Federal law enforcement were called along with Burlington detectives and the suspect is now facing state and federal criminal charges. I'm told this is the largest gun-related drug bust in Vermont history and there is no doubt that the drugs would have landed on campus and, worst, in the K-12 schools of Burlington. The following members of the University of Vermont Department of Police Services team are receiving a unit citation for their combined efforts during this investigation.  
Awarded to

Officer Skyler Genest, Officer Mandy Wooster, Officer Jason Bellavance, Officer Matthew Collins, Officer Michael Blow, Officer Brandon King, Detective Edward Doherty, Sgt. Tim Bilodeau, Chief Gary Margolis, Cpt. Lianne Tuomey, Sgt. Jim Phelps, Sgt. Scott

We recieved a complaint of a student who went missing in Quebec. As I received hourly updates and status reports, it was the one specific conversation that I recall most vividly. I was speaking with Captain Tuomey and realized she was in a car, so I asked where she was going and her response was that she and then-detective Bilodeau had just crossed into Quebec. I paused. “But we don't have jurisdiction in Canada…” I commented. And then I realized that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is permission. Captain Tuomey and Sgt. Bilodeau found her in Plattsburgh, NY after interviewing bar tenders, patrons, and various and sundry characters. Please allow me to present this unit citation to the following members of our team.  
Awarded to

Officer Brandon King, Officer Matthew Collins, Officer Brenda Tetrault, Officer William Sioss, Officer Michael Blow, Officer Skyler Genest, Officer Jason Bellavance, Sgt. James Phelps. Sgt. Scott Frenier, Sgt. Tim Bilodeau, Cpt. Lianne Tuomey, and others.

In recognition of teamwork and dedication to services during the Valentine's Day Blizzard of 2007. In order to maintain at operational status the officers had to use service vehicles and Transportation and Parking Services vehicles because the regular police fleet was grounded. These vehicles included plow trucks and personal trucks. Also, due to the extreme amount of snow that fell in such a short amount of time a barn collapsed on the UVM farm, trapping some livestock. A number of officers assisted in saving the animals in the collapsed barn.   2006  
Awarded to

Officer Sue Roberts, Officer Brandon King, Officer Jason Bellavance, Lt. Laurence Magnant, Sgt. Dan Finnegan, Sgt. Scott Frennier, and Joyce Ticehurst

In recognition for their participation and teamwork in the recruiting program; Their efforts to portray our agency as progressive and inclusive in the recruitment of new officers has made all the difference in the world. From display boards to recruitment videos, they have led the effort to attract the best and the brightest. It is with honor and privilege we award a unit citation to the following members of our team for their efforts in recruitment  
Awarded to

Officer Matthew Collins, Officer Michael Blow, Officer Sue Roberts, Officer Patrick Flynn, Captain Lianne Tuomey, Sgt. Daniel Finnegan, Sgt. Scott Frennier, Dispatcher Melanie Cote, and Service Officer Supervisor James Barr

In recognition for duty and dedication during the L/L Fire incident on 4/17/05; The night of April 17 was a challenge for Police Services. With L/L burning and the very real possibility for the loss of life, our team responded. From Sgt. Frennier establishing unified command with the Burlington Fire Department to officers working closely with residential life staff for the safe orderly evacuation of the building, we performed exceptionally well. Officers were called in and responded to provide site security and escort back into the building.  
Awarded to

Officer Timothy Bilodeau, Officer Matthew Collins, Officer Sue Roberts, Officer Jason Bellavance, Officer Skyler Genest, Officer Michael Blow, Captain Lianne Tuomey, Lt. Laurence Magnant, and Sgt. Michael Thomas

In recognition for exceptional teamwork and initiative during an extremely hot Move In Day on 8/26/05; August 26, 2005 was an exciting day for new students, their parents and our community. We learned that the newly minted traffic signals weren't timed appropriately so many of us found ourselves directing traffic in the hot sun for 7 - 8 hours straight. The team work, see the need take the lead, came through in our providing safe passage through the jug-handle at rush hour on a Friday afternoon. Furthermore, our officers managed to have a strong presence in the residence halls that evening for what is traditionally a busy start to the year.   2005  
Awarded to

Sgt. Michael Thomas, Disp. Sharon Patenaude, Officer Daniel Finnegan, Officer Michael Henry, Officer David Bennett, Officer Michael Blow

Redstone Riot For their work in responding to and safely quelling the Oct. 04 riot on Redstone Campus after the Red Sox & Yankees penant game. These officers faced unparalleled, random violent acts that put them in serious harms way yet they remained calm and acted appropriately under the command of Sgt. Michael Thomas. Our dispatch staff coordinated emergency response and resource allocation all the while keeping track of other non-related calls for service on campus (This is no small task knowing that the men and women youre responsible for in the field are facing serious threat).  
Awarded to

Lt. Laurence Magnant, Sgt. Michael Thomas, Officer Matthew Collins, Officer Michael Blow, Dispatcher Sharon Patenaude, Service Officer Patrice Bourgeois, Service Officer Bill Krumrie

Carbon Monoxide Incident Sunday, January 30 was a difficult day for our community. When I received the call, after our courageous police and fire fighters had already responded and saved several lives during the initial response, I was told that one was dead; 7, several comatose, were being flown to Montreal, Boston and Syracuse for lifesaving treatment; and that a couple of my police officers and our firefighters were being treated. I was visiting family in Montreal at the time so I was not close to campus but I didnt need to be at that moment. Our team of public safety professionals had already stabilized the scene, cared for the injured and began a complex police investigation. While Ill speak more to the specifics of individual heroics in a short while, I want to take this opportunity to recognize the incredible teamwork and countless hours spent on this tragedy from initial response to normalization. Each of these professionals gave of themselves that day and in the weeks afterwards to assist the victims, families and fellow public safety professionals.   2004  
Awarded to

Service Officers Pat Bourgeois, Kathey Berg, Bill Krumrie, Rickard Berg and Elizabeth Moore

Our service officers truly embody the team mantra and practice by taking into account the needs of the community as well as their own individual needs. Pat, Kathey and Bill served as training mentors to the two new service officers, Rickard and Liz. Their efforts resulted in two great additions to the team. Liz and Rickard both have taken on additional responsibilities, generated some great ideas and filled in when needed. As a group, the Service Officers have created a work schedule that meets the needs of the community and department first, and then they worked through their own individual needs. They have all been willing to assist the patrol division and have identified security and safety issues. Contact lists for all buildings and departments have been updated thanks to their work.  
Awarded to

Capt. Lianne Tuomey, Lt. Laurence Magnant, Sgt. Michael Thomas, Officers Robert Ketcham and Timothy Bilodeau and Dispatchers Melanie Cote and Diane Gagnon

On April 17, 2003 at approximately 1500 hours, a campus wide power failure struck the campus, which also affected our headquarters. It quickly became clear that traffic control was necessary at the Jughandle. There was also a series of alarms that needed our attention and multiple phone calls in dispatch. Sgt. Thomas and Officer Ketcham quickly and efficiently took control of the Jughandle, managing traffic and keeping it flowing safely. Lt. Magnant and Det. Bilodeau responded to calls for service and assisted in any way they could. Dispatcher Gagnon (who was off-duty but in the office) assisted Dispatcher Cote with the multiple calls, alarm trips, and heavy radio traffic volume. In the midst of this power failure, a fire was reported in Centennial Woods. Dispatcher Cote was able to direct the caller of the fire to exit the area to safety and to a location to meet with Capt. Tuomey. The fire scene was located very close to a residential neighborhood and Dispatcher Cote's quick action lead to a quick response and containment by the fire department. Dispatcher Cote's direction to the caller to back out of the area may have prevented the caller from being electrocuted by the downed power line which also started the fire. These professionals showed great teamwork and competency during the crisis. It should be noted that this occurred during our accreditation mock on-site and greatly impressed the mock team when they could check off lots of policies that were followed and worked!   2003  
Awarded to

Jeffrey Jackman
Michael Thomas
Lianne Tuomey

This past year we transitioned our firearms from H&K to Glock for a number of important reasons. Such a transition is an arduous and time consuming process that includes purchases, acquisition, assigning, and training. For all of their hard work during the firearms transition.  
Awarded to

William Sullivan
Michael Henry
Scott Frennier

This past year saw an increase in the number of serious drug crimes bubbling to the surface. Investigations in these areas are time consuming and arduous. They are most successful when the police officers who know the community best are developing and sharing information. We'd like to recognize three officers in particular for their effective work during the night shift with the drug problems on campus.  
Awarded to

Mike Henry
Sue Roberts
William Sullivan

Unlike other areas at the university, we must be on campus 24 hours/day, each day of the year. When we experience staffing shortages dues to vacation, sick leave, training or loss of staff, someone has to pick up the slack. While everyone does their part to this end, we'd like to recognize three officers for doing a little extra in this regard. For their continued service to the department by flexing their work hours and doing a lot of shift coverage when needed.   2002  
Awarded to

Joyce Ticehurst
Kathey Berg
Patrice Bourgeois
Adrianne Barnett
Michael Henry
William Sullivan
David Turmel
Diane Gagnon
Andrew Apgar
Melanie Bickford
Timothy Bilodeau
Matthew Collins
Gregory Domi

In April 2001 the Summit of the Americas conference was held in Quebec City, Canada.  Because of the location of the University of Vermont to the interstate system and the amount of intelligence information received about civil disruption, and disorder along the travel route, the State of Vermont mobilized all law enforcement agencies to a state of high alert in anticipation of any disruption or disorder.  At the end of this week the unsanctioned and illegal 420 @ 420 event was anticipated on the University of Vermont campus. In conjunction with the Burlington Police Department and the Vermont State Police, UVM Police Services implemented an aggressive support plan for the entire week, and developed a highly visible and large response plan for the 420 activities.  This plan cancelled all officers' days off and extended their work days to a minimum of 12 hours.  All our staff performed exceptionally and professionally during this long week, which fortunately was uneventful.  The cooperation and support exhibited by every member of this organization during this time, both within our agency and interdepartmentally, was extraordinary. The respect, teamwork, positive “can do” attitude, and spirit of service of every member of this agency was clearly visible to the public and other police professionals.  In April 2002, because of 420 we had an opportunity to mobilize again.  Our successful coordination and efforts effectively ended the annual marijuana event in 2002.  
Awarded to

Pat Bourgeois
Robert Ketcham
Bill Krumrie
Laurence Magnant
Melanie Rodgers
Joshua Catella
Sue Roberts
Michael Thomas
Michael Wood
Jeffrey Jackman

On February 8, 2001 at approximately 6PM, Officer Joshua Catella and Sgt. Michael Thomas responded to a fire call at Wilks Hall.  Upon Officer Catella's arrival it was apparent that a serious fire was in progress.  He alerted dispatch and began to evacuate the building. Sgt. Thomas responded and attempted to extinguish it.  Recognizing that fire was beyond our control, he closed the room door and assisted with the evacuation. Officer's Bob Ketcham and Jeff Jackman also assisted with the evacuation and then secured the outer doors to assure no one entered. These officers' quick and decisive actions clearly resulted in preventing any injuries and in mitigating the amount of property damage from this fire. Dispatcher Melanie Rodgers competently and calmly handled the flood of radio and telephone traffic which directly the positive outcome of this event. During this time Service Officers Krumrie and Bourgeois made themselves available as a resource and provided equipment as needed for the officers.  Lieutenant Magnant quickly picked up on the need for interdepartmental notifications and his initiative brought all the University resources necessary together in a timely manner. Clearly the officers' devotion to duty and service are exemplified in this situation, and all department members displayed commendable teamwork, and responsibility to duty in the successful outcome of this incident.  
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