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The Gresham Police Awards publicly recognize the performance of individual and collective acts that go above and beyond assigned duties or actions by staff, agency employees, citizen groups or individuals.
Officer Brooder was selected by his peers for his overall outstanding performance above and beyond your regular duties as a police officer during 2015. As a member of the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, he exemplified police professionalism with his attitude, judgment, work ethic, compassion and leadership skills. Officer Brooder was able to safely take subjects into police custody - in cases of excited delirium, drug overdose and suicidal subjects - which could all have easily led to tragic results if not for his ability to optimize public and officer safety during these situations. His investigative skills have been critical to solving cases and leading to arrests, and your ability to work with others is apparent in all that you do whether working with EMGET or SWAT, teaching Defensive Tactics Classes, or his willingness to always help out when a Spanish interpreter is needed.
Brian Bretz was selected by his peers for this honor because of all of the extra work taken on during 2015 during the transition to the new records programs. Brian become a reliable resource for the new system – selected to be a Super Trainer, one of the few who actually trained the trainers – and have made a point of being available to answer questions about the program, whether from officers or from other police employees. Brian stayed in contact with other agencies and recognized the need to watch for issues and problems before they become insurmountable. Brian's continued dedication, enthusiasm and commitment have made an enormous and positive difference in the conversion process.
Officer Kritter was selected for this honor for his actions during the year have demonstrated outstanding performance in the areas of traffic enforcement, traffic safety education, and traffic-related community outreach activities. During 2015 you issued 1,041 citations and made 15 DUII arrests, even though you spent an above average amount of time training on new systems and software. When Officer Kritter identified a need to update the PowerPoint presentation for the Every 15 Minutes Program, he took the initiative and created a new program. Officer Kritter volunteered to administer the Department’s RADAR/LIDAR program.
This award is presented to those members of a unit who have collectively performed their assigned duties in such a manner that reflects exceptional credit on the Department.
The Achievement Medal is presented to members of the department who have distinguished themselves above their normal scope of duties. Generally awarded for a one-time act or performance.
The Medal of Commendation is awarded to members for exemplary performance above and beyond the normal scope of duties for their position. It may be presented for a one-time act or for performance over a short period of time.
The Meritorious Service Medal is presented to members of the department making significant and major contributions to the development of programs, policies or procedures with positive impact on the goals for Gresham Police.
The Life Saving Medal may be presented to a person who has deliberately saved a life while being fully aware of the seriousness of the situation and under circumstances where had the nominee not acted, it is more than likely the person would have died.
The Distinguished Service Medal is presented to members of the department making significant and exceptional contributions to the department over a long period of time.