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Certificates of Commendation 2007  
Awarded to

Dispatcher Diane Pontecorvo

On Jan 27, 2007 a call was received by Dispatcher Diane Pontecorvo from a former student now living in MA who was threatening suicide. Diane quickly traced the call back to Florence, MA - a community that it just so happens Diane used to dispatch police/fire/ems for many years ago. Her quick thinking resulted in getting this person help and preventing her from taking her own life.  
Awarded to

Matthew Collins

Officer Matthew Collins was praised by the Burlington Fire Department for quick thinking and a quick response to a lightning strike at the Davis Center this past winter. Responding off-duty, he quickly assumed command of traffic control and facilitated the arrival of fire apparatus.  
Awarded to

Officer Sue Roberts

Ofc. Roberts noticed an unsafe work setting for John Dewey Hall where construction was underway. She notified the Safety Program Specialist who quickly brought the work to a halt, and then working with the Physical Plant Training & Compliance Office, brought the proper equipment to bear.  
Awarded to

Christiana Coyner

Ofc. Coyner tool the initiative, given the extensive building modifications on campus, to retype the fire panel reference sheets whereby making it much easier in the field training of new officers (and Burlington Fire) to understand the fire panel response.  
Awarded to

Service Officer Patrice Bourgeois

for noticing and reporting a DWI person on Riverside Ave  
Awarded to

Officer Michael Blow and Sgt. Dan Finnegan

for their role in keeping track of the rifle magazines and bullets. Ofc. Blow was maintaining counts on the number of rounds and discovered a concern which led a change in our training processes for deployment of these tools.  
Awarded to

Sgt. Daniel Finnegan, Sgt. Michael Thomas, and Officer Brenda Tetrault

for the September cleaning and preparation of the facilities and the re-organization of rooms; Accreditation Process   2006  
Awarded to

Officer Jason Bellavance

In recognition of becoming our own “in-house” computer person. Jason has done a lot of work on the computer systems and media needs  
Awarded to

Service Officer Patrice Bourgeois

In recognition of outstanding observation skills in locating the cause of a Burlington power outage. On July 26, 2005 the City of Burlington and the University experienced a massive power outage at approximately 0330 hours. Thanks to the outstanding observation skills of one of our team members, Burlington Electric was able to locate the problem and restore power in 90 minutes.  
Awarded to

Service Officer Bill Krumrie

In recognition of finding a stolen vehicle. On August 30, 2005, a general broadcast was sent to area police agencies on a stolen vehicle. A member of our team, remembering this information days later, located the vehicle in the Waterman parking lot.  
Awarded to

Officer Michael Blow

In recognition of his efforts in re-designing the UVN and taking on the task of checking the magazine rounds monthly. This member of our team took on the tasks of redesigning the university violation notices under the division mantra of see the need, take the lead. In addition, he went above and beyond in conducting monthly inspections of our patrol rifles and critical equipment.  
Awarded to

Dispatcher William Ploof

In recognition of your generosity and efforts to adopt a family in Louisiana for Christmas.This member of our team responded to the crisis in the Gulf Coast last year by rallying the department to make donations to a family who had lost everything during Hurricane Katrina. Because of his efforts, a family in Louisiana had Christmas presents. He spearheaded this successful drive, mailed out the package and made a Louisiana family very happy at Christmas.  
Awarded to

Officer Matthew Collins, Officer Michael Blow, and Dispatcher William Ploof

In recognition of your dedication to Car Seat Safety Inspections. Each of these members have taken on the duty of being trained in car seat inspections and each perform numerous inspections throughout the year; making children safe in their car seats and bringing recognition to the department for this service.   2005  
Awarded to

Officer Joseph McBride, Officer Sue Roberts

On March 22, 2005 Officer Joe McBride and Sgt. Michael Thomas responded to a threatening phone call received at the University Health Center. The individual on the phone, in referencing Hitler, promised that Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH would be destroyed by an explosive ordinance. Officer McBride quickly contacted Sinclair Community College Police Chief Ron Labatzky. Two days later on March 24, another threat was received at the Health Promotions Office at UHC. Officer McBride determined it was the same person. Working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ofc. McBride assisted by Officer Sue Roberts was able to trace the number to the Valley Group Home in Dayton; a psychiatric hospital. Officer Roberts specifically worked on the identification of the number through AT&T and kept communication open with Chief Labatzky while the FBI and Officer McBride conducted their investigation. The suspect was identified and criminal charges are pending. It is my pleasure to issue this certificate of commendation to Officer Joe McBride and Officer Sue Roberts for a job well done in helping Sinclair Community College maintain a safe environment for their faculty, staff and students.  
Awarded to

Officer Jason Bellavance, Dispatcher Diane Gagnon

This past year we updated our photography equipment and purchased digital cameras and related accessories. With this new technology, we are better able to capture information and evidence for the university and courts. Purchasing the equipment is only half the challenge. Once acquired, the technology requires setup, training, and practice. The following two people have gone above and beyond to make our digital photography equipment and optics useable by the patrol force. In addition, these 2 team members also carry a substantial load in assisting with the departments computer infrastructure.   2004  
Awarded to

Diane Gagnon

For her work in researching all the names and addresses pertaining to every motor vehicle stop UVM Police conducted in order to mail out our citizen surveys. She entered all that information into a database, generated name and address labels for the motorist receiving the survey questionnaire, and assembled the surveys for mailing. Diane also has an intuition in reading information and accessing the right databases to get further information that she then provides to both our department and affected area departments and agencies. Diane approaches projects like these with dedication and enthusiasm, which models our department's values.

In 2003, under our mantra of continuous quality improvement, we surveyed 411 people out of 2,146 stopped for motor vehicle infractions between October and December of 2002. The return rate was close to 30%. The results confirmed that our staff consistently provides outstanding public safety services to the motoring public around the campus. 90% commented favorably on how our officer comported themselves. We will continue to conduct this research on a yearly basis.

"For her exemplary work on the citizen satisfaction surveys."  

Awarded to

Melanie Rodgers

For her willingness to work on the tasks of getting information/statistics for the Law Enforcement Challenge (Governor's Highway Safety) application and for the annual Clery Report. Each year we are mandated by federal law to document and publish crime that occurs on campus; in residence halls; on streets adjacent to campus; and in any facility that the university owns or leases in which students conduct learning oriented activities. The research necessary to compile this data is time consuming and laborious. Melanie Rodgers considerable efforts on this task allowed us to meet our federal mandate and model our values of participation; service; and communication. This research requires attention to detail and organization.

"For outstanding service on grant applications and statistical research."  

Awarded to

Bill Krumrie

Several months ago, Bill spotted vandalism that was done to the Redstone Cottage, which was on a dark, secluded corner of the house behind some pine trees. It was Bill's thoroughness that allowed officers to get involved when they did, which possibly prevented further damage to the house.

"For excellent service in preventing criminal activity on campus."  

Awarded to

Andrew Apgar

While surfing the net at home, Andy found information on the failures with the Zylon bullet resistant vests. He then alerted Lt. Magnant before the dealers had even been notified. This put us far in front of the situation and therefore, we got our replacement vests quicker than most other departments, some of which are still on a waiting list for their vests. Thanks to Andy for keeping our officers' safety in mind.

"For research and awareness into the Zylon Bullet Resistant Vest issue."  

Awarded to

Scott Frennier

Scott Frennier saw a need and took the lead in organizing our DUI processing center to include updated processing packets. He did this without prompting and in an effort to better serve our community's public safety needs. He has been an effective leader of the Honor Guard that has made an impressive reputation for itself on campus and throughout the police community. Scott's initiative allowed us to obtain military surplus rifles for the Honor Guard at no cost to the university.

"For assistance and efforts in managing department DUI processing issues & leading the Honor Guard."  

Awarded to

Sgt. Gregory Domingue and Sgt. Michael Thomas

The use of panic alarms on campus has grown considerably in the past several years. With that growth was the need for Police Services to work with Physical Plant and Telecommunications to standardize equipment, technology and protocols. Sgt. Thomas and Sgt. Domingue took it upon themselves to work diligently with these teams to ensure standardization. Ultimately, the campus is better served by their actions and deeds.

"For efforts to standardize panic alarms on campus."   2003  

Awarded to

Melanie Cote

Police Services, like all police departments, is required by the State of Vermont to code our arrest and incident data for submission to the National Information Based Reporting System, commonly known as NIBRS. This process is time consuming but required for us to receive proper credit for our statistics. These statistics are in turn tied to grant opportunities. Dispatcher Melanie Cote is responsible for this function and we're proud to honor her tonight for her continuous dedication to this difficult task. She has gone above and beyond in her exacting data collection and adherence to NIBRS policy.

"For her exemplary performance in managing the NIBRS requirements."  

Awarded to

Bill Krumrie, William Ploof and Matt Collins

Seat belts and child restraint systems save lives. We know this both empirically and by good common sense. Three members of our team expressed an interest in developing expertise in the proper installation and examination of child car seats and became certified by the State of Vermont. As a result, Police Services has hosted scheduled inspections for the campus community (and general population) and conducted individual walk-in inspections. We're proud of the service they provide and it's my pleasure to present them this certificate of commendation. It's important to recognize that, in keeping with our mission, this team is comprised of a dispatcher, service officer and police officer.

"For outstanding commitment to child safety in motor vehicles."  

Awarded to

Patrice Bourgeois

The training and development of police officers requires much more than classroom instruction. Training has to be as realistic and pragmatic as possible for translation from lecture to application. To this end, role players are essential. We're pleased to recognize Patrice Bourgeois for his assistance above and beyond as a role player in our various live training exercises.

"For outstanding commitment to the training and development of our staff"  

Awarded to

Laurence C. Magnant

For those who know Lt. Laurence Magnant, you know him to be a methodical and organized person. One of his many responsibilities includes managing our evidence room. Sue Lowrey, our accreditation manager and dispatch supervisor approached me about an evidence room handling class in Green Bay, Wisconsin that she thought would be valuable for Larry. Again, if you know Larry you know that one of his passions is the Green Bay Packers. Talk about a match made in heaven. He made his visit to the holy land (personal Hajj to his personal Mecca) and we received an incredible return on investment. Our evidence room and the associated processes are world class and Larry's efforts critical to our success in the court room.

"For outstanding service in the development of our evidence room processes."  

Awarded to

Melanie Rodgers

In October of 2002 the Department of Police Services received recognition from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for our work in developing relationships between the department and our community. Our Liaison Program places members of our team in partnership with various groups on campus. Specifically, we are proud of our relationship with the Women's Center and wish to recognize Dispatcher Melanie Rodgers for her work with the Women's Center on behalf of Police Services.

"For her commitment to women's issues on campus"  

Awarded to

Kathey Berg

The week that our students return is an exciting time for the university. It requires an enormous effort from all our staff but for Kathey Berg, it takes on a different appeal. Kathey loves helping during move in days on campus. In addition, for as long as I can remember Kathey has been a participant in representing us during Law Enforcement Day at the University Mall. For consistently representing us well, we're proud to present her with this certificate of commendation.

"For her positive attitude and outstanding display of teamwork year in and year out"  

Awarded to

Joyce Ticehurst

Earlier this year Joyce Shepard needed to take time away from Police Services to attend to family needs. During her absence, Joyce Ticehurst filled in on many of Joyce Shepard's responsibilities and we'd like to recognize how challenging that was with this certificate of commendation.

"For rising to the occasion and supporting the team during crisis"  

Awarded to

Joyce Shepard

Attempting to capture the essence of someone as important as Joyce Shepard with words is a frustrating endeavor. While I use words like selfless, dedicated, loyal, caring, and compassionate they don't do her justice. From the attention and detail of decorating the office, to the economizing for food service at our meetings, she is always willing to go the extra mile.

"For outstanding effort and attention to the needs of the Department of Police Services Team"   2002  

Awarded to

Melanie Rodgers

This year, UVM Police Services participated in a traffic safety awards programs through International Association of Chiefs of Police.  Our participation required a detailed application that included two years of statistical and quantitative data on our traffic enforcement activities.  Dispatcher Melanie Rodgers offered to assist and set out collecting and analyzing the data.  The tables of information, charts and graphs that followed were exceptional.  She had to sift through two years of daily logs and data from two police department's to collect the volume of highly accurate data.  The application, which will be reviewed at both the state and national levels was thorough, and well presented because of the hard work, thoughtfulness, and expertise of Melanie Rodgers.  Police Services won first place in the Vermont Law Enforcement Challenge's SPECIAL CATEGORY for traffic enforcement activities.  We're currently waiting for news from the IACP for the national award.

"For her exemplary performance in collecting and analyzing data for Police Service's submission in the IACP National Chief's Challenge Traffic Safety Award."  

Awarded to

Michael Thomas

Each year, Chittenden County CrimeStoppers holds a Law Enforcement Day at the University Mall in South Burlington.  Local, County, State, Federal and Canadian police agencies all come to showcase themselves and their efforts in making our communities safer.  Mike Thomas has consistently taken a leadership role in making this event a success for Police Services.  We thank him for his dedication and hard work.

"For his commitment to organizing Police Services' participation in Law Enforcement Day at the University Mall year after year."  

Awarded to

Jeff Jackman

The training of new police professionals is one of our most important responsibilities.  Officer Jeff Jackman has demonstrated a strong commitment to this endeavor by his enthusiasm and interest in becoming an instructor at the Vermont Police Academy.  He has traveled to Pittsford on numerous occasions, often on his own time, to volunteer his services for the basic training class.  His teaching style and energy caught the attention of veteran Patrol Procedures instructors and academy staff, and he has been asked back as a regular instructor.  He consistently reflects well on the Department of Police Services and shows a dedication to developing new officers.

"For his commitment to teaching and assisting with the development of new police professionals at the Vermont Police Academy."  

Awarded to

Kathey Berg

Perhaps one of our best recognized team members, Kathey makes a consistent positive impression on our community.  She is tireless in her zest for parking enforcement, consistently being the most active member of our team in writing tickets and towing illegally parked vehicles.

"For her tireless, outstanding parking enforcement activities."  

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