On Wednesday, April 02, 2014 the Chandler Police Department held its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet to honor Chandler Police Department volunteers for their service in 2013. In 2013, the Chandler Police Department Volunteers provide 12,500 hours of service to the Department and Community.
The Chandler Police Department and the Chandler community have benefited from the dedication and service demonstrated by the members of the Volunteers in Policing Program. Over 690 members of our community have volunteered their time to work with us and serve as part of our organization. They have served with a sense of duty and focus that is admired and respected throughout the valley.
For 2013, we recognized three volunteers with a Special Recognition Award. This award is presented to volunteers who consistently exceed normal job requirements with at least one specific act of outstanding performance. Special Recognition Award recipients for 2013 were Rea Dias, Ken Hawkes and Barb Hedges.
We also recognized one volunteer with the Volunteer of the Year Award. This award is presented to a volunteer for outstanding performance over a period of one year in achieving departmental goals and objectives through projects, programs, or situations requiring exceptional dedication. This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Tommy Gorey.
To honor the dedication and the hours donated over the years, CPD presents the Copper, Silver, Gold and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Volunteers received these awards based on their hours of service to the Chandler Police Department Volunteer Program. These awards are given to volunteers for total hours of service from their inception into the program.
Bronze Recipients: Bronze Awards are given to volunteers that have provided 1,000+ hours of service. The 2013 recipients were David Riggall, Bob Bratek and Dwight Thayer.
Silver Recipients: Silver Awards are given to volunteers that have provided 2,000+ hours of service. The 2012 recipients is William Brewer.
Gold Recipients: Gold Awards are given to volunteers that have provided 4,000+ hours of service. There were no 2013 recipients.
The Life Time Achievement Award is awarded to volunteers that have provided 6,000+ hours of service and have made significant long-standing contributions to the Chandler Volunteers in Policing Program and the community we serve. There were no 2013 recipients. Past recipients that are still active volunteers are Jack Bessler, Al Cote, Ken Hawkes, Dale Kline, Art Tucholski, and Carl White.