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Washington D.C. Police Foundation will Honor MPD at Annual Awards Ceremony

On June 8, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Members of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will be honored for their outstanding service at the Washington D.C. Police Foundation’s 11th Annual Law Enforcement Awards event onWednesday, June 8, 2016.  Eleven MPD members have been nominated by their peers for going above and beyond the call of duty to keep our neighborhoods, businesses, and schools safe throughout the past year. 

The event will take place at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., beginning with a reception at12:00 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m.  Participants in the awards ceremony will include Chief of Police Cathy Lanier, DC Police Foundation Executive Director Joseph Persichini, Jr., and the area’s business and civic community.

Following the singing of the National Anthem by Sergeant Charlotte Djossou, the event will recognize this year’s honorees: Officer Jeffrey Brown, Officer of the Year; Officer George Davis, Reserve Officer of the Year; Officer Tracy Taylor, School Resource Officer of the Year; Officer Ammar Rahim, Officer Perry Morgan, Officer James Da’Re, Officer Christopher Brown, Officer Matthew Rider, and Officer Andrew Creveling for Act of Valor; Officer Randall Butler, Unity Award; and Mr. Greg Hester, the Deborah R. Ennis Civilian Employee of the Year.  Accepting the award for Public Safety Business Partner of the Year is Doug Estrada, Senior Director of Regional Transportation, Logistics for Walmart.

About the Award Winners

Officer of the Year: Officer Jeffrey Brown

In calendar year 2015, Officer Jeffrey Brown excelled as Patrol Service Area (PSA) 604 Traffic Officer in the Sixth District.  His traffic enforcement engagements aided in an 18 percent reduction of crime in PSA 604.  Officer Brown was visible and focused on all major thoroughfares within PSA 604, making the roads in the Sixth District safer.  He had a total of 203 arrests and wrote 1,085 moving Notice of Infractions (NOI), 195 parking NOIs and 199 warning NOIs.  Officer Brown’s traffic enforcement actions serve as an astonishing example of how service to the community is a priority and how it should be emulated by his peers.

Reserve Officer of the Year: Officer George Davis

Officer George Davis is an exemplary Reserve Police Officer who has demonstrated his dedication to the Reserve Corps and the First District.  George is a solid quiet leader within the Reserve Corps and is a constant presence at all Reserve Corps events and details.  During 2015, George was selected to serve as the First District’s Reserve Team Leader and also was responsible for the Seventh District’s Platoon.  He has contributed well over 600 hours of service to the department.  Although there are many worthy members within the Reserve Corps, Reserve Officer Davis shows exemplary team commitment, a willingness to help others, and constant leadership amongst the officers.

School Resource Officer of the Year: Officer Tracy Taylor

School Resource Officer Tracy Taylor demonstrates a desire and passion to help educate and understand the youth of today.  Officer Taylor’s creates an atmosphere of trust that assists with decreasing the number of youth being introduced to the criminal justice system and an increase to a positive productive youth for the future.  SRO Taylor has proven this ability in many ways.  She has earned great respect and is a positive influence to youth in the District of Columbia.

Act of Valor: Third District Officers: Officer Ammar Rahim, Officer Perry Morgan, Officer James Da’Re, Officer Christopher Brown, Officer Matthew Rider, Officer Andrew Creveling

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at approximately 2:25 pm, the Third District Officers were dispatched to an aggravated assault call in progress at the intersection of 4th and Bryant Streets, Northwest.  The dispatcher gave a lookout for a suspect described as a black male, with dreadlocks, pushing a baby stroller.  The suspect was located by Officers Da’Re and Brown, walking southbound on 4th Street, Northwest with a knife.  The officers assumed command of the situation and requested additional units with Crisis Intervention.

After additional units arrived, Officers Rahim, Morgan, and Rider, joined Brown and Da’Re in a foot pursuit of the suspect.  Throughout the pursuit the officers continued to ensure the safety of the child and the community by clearing the block of all pedestrians and diverting traffic from the area.

When the suspect reached Anna J. Cooper Circle, Northwest, he turned around towards the officers while pointing the knife.  Officer Rahim, a three year veteran and CIO, bravely moved closer to the suspect in an attempt to subdue him.  The suspect lunged at him with his knife, cutting the left side of Officer Rahim’s neck.  The suspect then unexpectedly began using the baby in the stroller as a shield.

After the suspect wounded Officer Rahim, he dropped the knife and threw the baby stroller to the ground.  The suspect then fled the area westbound on foot, leaving the child face down on the ground, and used the diversion to try to escape.  Nonetheless, the officers remained calmed and remembered their training.

Officers Brown and Rider pursued the suspect and attempted to subdue him.  The suspect continued to fight the officers before he was restrained.  During the course of the apprehension, Officers Brown, Rider and Rahim were assaulted by the suspect.

The child was able to escape the incident with no injuries and was transported to child and family services.  It was later learned that the initial call for service originated after the suspect stabbed a female in the neck with a knife.

Unity Award: Officer Randall Butler

Officer Butler has been the beat officer for the upper Georgia Avenue business corridor and surrounding neighborhoods for many years.  He is very well liked, respected by all and is considered an extremely valuable community asset.  Officer Butler is professional and responsive to the needs of the community.  He is highly visible and is open to all members of the neighborhood, especially teens and young adults.  Members of the Forth District see this officer as a shining example of “community policing.”

Civilian Employee of Year: Mr. Greg Hester

Mr. Greg Hester has been the Fleet Management Division (FMD) manager for the past 10 years and has managed a 1,662 vehicle fleet.  In 2015, Mr. Hester was also instrumental in purchasing new mountain bikes and Segways for MPD as well as ensuring that 94 percent of the fleet was operational on any given day.  Mr. Hester often takes it upon himself to research new vehicles, motorcycles and equipment to facilitate recommendations to the Chief of Police on the best and safest equipment for MPD. He provides traffic crash data and analysis to assist in reducing work place accidents.  Mr. Hester also steps up every time there is a major event in DC by keeping his staff and operations running to ensure officers can access the fleet for needed repairs and keeps down time to MPD vehicles at a minimum. He is always ready to offer guidance on fleet issues.  His dedication and professionalism is beyond reproach. He always takes on new challenges and works tirelessly to resolve issues.  For these reasons, Mr. Greg Hester is MPD’s Civilian Employee of the Year.

Public Safety Business Partner: Walmart, Doug Estrada Senior Director - Regional Transportation – Logistics

This year, the Washington DC Police Foundation and MPD Chief of Police Cathy Lanier are honoring Walmart as the Public Safety Business Partner of the Year.  Doug Estrada, Senior Director of Regional Transportation, Logistics will be accepting this award.

This award is being presented for their continued support of MPD and the Washington DC Police Foundation in the pursuit of public safety.  Walmart supported the Junior Cadet back to school drive, donating over 120 backpacks filled with supplies, as well as continued to fund the annual Shop with a Cop event.

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