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About Us: Awards & Commendations

Leadership Award 2007  
Awarded to

Officer Mandy Wooster

This officer has a work ethic unparalleled by many. She is always willing to do what is needed and approaches every situation and assignment with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. The respect she shows for our community is evident in the respect she has earned from them. Her efforts in our Residence Hall Officer program fosters a relationship with our students and res life staff that is a model for all. She is a natural leader who is mentoring newer officers and can be counted on to make the right decision. One of her peers recently stated that they'd follow her into anything; a higher compliment in policing is hard to come by.   2006  
Awarded to

Officer Brandon King

The recipient of the Leadership Award is well respected inside and outside of our department. He is a dedicated member of our team as a Training Assistant at the police academy, member of the Recruitment team, as a police training officer, a member of the Honor Guard. His leadership skills have shined. He is always trying to find ways to make this job a little nicer and more efficient   2005  
Awarded to

Captan Lianne Tuomey

I am pleased to present the 2005 Leadership Award to Capt. Lianne Tuomey. The list of her contributions to the agency are too numerous, so I’ve chosen some that stand out. When we initiated our relationship with the Northern New England Tradeswomen Association to develop a program to recruit women into the Department, Lianne stepped up and offered her instructional skills. Captain Tuomey guest lectured at both the Nat’l Org of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) regional conference and the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Assoc (NECUSA) on mentoring for the recruitment and retention of women and minorities in policing; She has twice been nominated for the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year and serves as NAWLEE’s 2nd Vice President; Lianne represented us and NAWLEE at an Intl Assn of Chiefs of Police Summit on Women’s issues in policing and served as a technical advisor on the IACP’s Taser implementation advisory paper. At the state level Lianne continues to serves on the VCJTC Use of Force committee; and on the research and curriculum committee to develop training to assist officers in working with persons with mental illness. As an instructor for the VT Police Academy in Patrol Procedures and Firearms, she spent countless hours up-dating and re-writing the Patrol Procedures curriculum for the VT Police Academy. In addition, Lianne serves on the President Fogle’s Commission on Diversity and Equity. I am extremely proud of Lianne’s continuing service to the University of Vermont, the State of Vermont, and this noble profession she has been part of for more than 20 years.   2003  
Awarded to

Scott Frennier

For his dedicated work as an FTO and Honor Guard Coordinator. Scott has taken on a lot of responsibility with UVM Police Services Honor Guard, including writing the policy and getting equipment. Scott also dedicates his time to coaching and role modeling new police officers as a training assistant at the VPA. Scott is the personification of quiet, steady, respectful leadership within and outside our organization.  
Awarded to

James J. Phelps

For stepping up to take the interim Sgt. Position. Jim is key in getting information disseminated to the troops during roll calls. He is consistent in writing letters of commendation to officers who have done well in their jobs. He has invested himself in the success of our organization. He has been a positive role model, coach, mentor, and conscience for all members who come into contact with him. When the awards committee solicited input for this year’s awards Jim Phelps was by far the most nominated and respected member by the staff.   2002  
Awarded to

Timothy Bilodeau

When we lost one of our supervisors, Tim Bilodeau quickly volunteered to take on the position of Interim Sergeant. He fulfilled this duty while modeling our values of respect, integrity, teamwork, fairness and excellence. As one of his peers noted, "Tim took on the role because he was needed there. Stepping up to the plate took courage." Before this, he had distinguished himself a dozen times over as our agency's principal investigator. Many of the largest criminal investigations conducted by Police Services, including the Paul Troxell case, have been deftly managed by Tim. By this own choosing, he has participated in nearly all facets of the department in his 15 years of service. Tim regularly leaves his comfort zone to challenge himself as an officer, supervisor, field training officer, instructor and mentor he does it all with aplomb and grace. His positive "can-do" attitude and his ability to engage officers and community members in decision making and his thoughtfulness makes Tim standout as an organizational leader.

Tim consistently demonstrates that true leadership is neither a position nor an assignment – true leaders, among many other attributes, see what needs to be accomplished, are willing to risk what it takes to do the right thing, and are able to motivate themselves and others to accomplish what needs doing. The language for the Leadership award reads in part, "...a member who exemplifies the department's values and embodies a commitment to the mission of Police Services." Tim's quiet and respectful leadership is the exemplification of what it means to be a leader who is of service to all.  

Awarded to

Lianne Tuomey

I knew when I invited Lianne Tuomey to be part of our team that she was the right person for the job. What I didn't know, was how right I was. Captain Tuomey has proven herself as a police officer, supervisor, and true leader. Her lead investigation of a campus bias incident led to the arrest of a suspect, and a trip to the FBI National Academy where she gave a presentation to FBI forensic specialists in an area for which they had little experience. I recently learned that this investigation has received an honorable mention from the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Civil Rights Committee and will be announced at the annual convention in October in Minneapolis.

Lianne has been a leader in developing mentoring programs for police organizations (specifically recruitment and retention issues surrounding women and minorities), and has presented at the annual conferences of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. She represents Police Services with distinction as a Training Assistant and Instructor at the Vermont Police Academy, and has earned national respect as a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing trainer for police, fire and EMS. The list goes on...  

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