By CYNTHIA KMETT
The Troy Police Department celebrated Police Week last week. The Department took time to pay tribute to officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty as well as honor those who currently serve. It all happened at the Police Memorial Day Ceremony, May 17, followed by an open house on May 19.
But Thursday was a day to show support to fallen officers, as well as those currently serving. During the week, the officers of the Troy Police Department took extra time to remember the three Troy officers that have died in the line of duty. On December 11, 1969, Officer Charles Smetana was killed in a car crash while driving to help citizens involved in an injury accident. On April 22, 1974, Officer Martin Chivas was shot and killed by burglars while investigating a burglary in progress. On September 11, 2001, Officer Charles Mulvihill died when he suffered apparent heart failure while responding to a call for service.
Troy Police Honor 2017 Officer of the Year Jason Clark
Officer Jason Clark has been selected as the 2017 Troy Police Department Officer of the Year. The award is an acknowledgment of Officer Clark’s strong commitment to providing excellent police service, and personal dedication to helping others. Officer Clark currently serves in the Department’s Training Section, delivering training for Department employees and overseeing the implementation of training-related initiatives. Officer Clark has overseen important and complex projects such as an upgrade of the Department firing range and manages critical emergency equipment. And, he routinely volunteers for jobs and also serves as a mentor for new officers, added Chief Gary Mayer.
A Department employee since 1999, Officer Clark first served as a Police Service Aide. Officer Clark was promoted to officer in 2004 and has served as an Evidence Technician, a Field Training Officer and a member of the Honor Guard. Officer Clark is a Troy native, a graduate of Troy High School and the son of retired Troy Police Sergeant James Clark. Why did he become a police officer? “Just following in my father’s footsteps.”
Troy Police Honor 2017 Command Officer of the Year Joseph Haddad
The 2017 Troy Police Department Command Officer of the Year is Sergeant Joseph Haddad. The award is an acknowledgment of Sergeant Haddad’s outstanding leadership and management of the Department’s Communications and Lockup Sections last year. In 2017, Sergeant Haddad oversaw three major, complex Communications-related projects. The projects include a complete renovation of the Communication Section, including a new 911 system. Other projects included the installation of an uninterruptible power source and backup generator for the Communications Section. These weren’t easy projects, noted Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer and added this was an opportunity to acknowledge Sgt. Haddad’s performance and professionalism.
A Troy Police Department employee since 1997, Sergeant Haddad has distinguished himself as someone that can be relied upon to complete difficult tasks. Sergeant Haddad’s supervisors report that he can competently and effectively manage extremely complex projects. Sergeant Haddad is Troy native, a graduate of Athens High School and a volunteer with the Troy Athens Football Program. Sergeant Haddad was promoted to Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army in 2004 and is currently in the U.S. Army Retired Reserves.
Sgt. Haddad thanked the Chief for his kind words, but said he appreciated the idea that when you are given a task, the department allows you the opportunity to make it happen. “The key to my success is involvement in family, my immediate family, my police family, my community family and my military family.”
Troy Police Honor 2017 Non-Sworn Employee of the Year
PSA Donald Buckbee Police Service Aide Donald Buckbee has been selected as the 2017 Troy Police Department Non-Sworn Employee of the Year. The award is an acknowledgment of the professionalism and commitment demonstrated by PSA Buckbee in 2017. A Department employee since 2008, PSA Buckbee has established a reputation as a positive and dependable employee, willing to assist residents and other Department members with any task. For instance, PSA Buckbee has often been called to crossing guard duty at local schools and has established a positive reputation with parents and students. PSA Buckbee’s supervisors report that he possesses an outstanding work ethic and incredible initiative.
His commitment to the Police Department and its objectives never falters, and his discretion and integrity are unquestionable. “It’s a great city with great people and I enjoy working with them,” he says of his job. PSA Buckbee previously worked in both the Troy Police Communication and Lockup Sections.