From The Vacaville Reporter // Jan 27, 2006
By Reporter Staff
Six Suisun City police staffers have been singled out for departmental honors, including Officer of the Year for 2005.
In receiving the award as Police Officer of the Year, Officer Andrew White's achievements, officials said, included filling in as a dispatcher, initiating a large-scale community policing project in the Cedar Glen/7-Eleven area and, in an overtime capacity, serving as the department's information technology administrator.
In that position, officials said, White developed an electronic timesheet system, a field-based reporting system, digital imaging project, code enforcement management system, property and evidence bar coding system and an automated reporting system.
Officer Michael Davis and Detective Matt Eleopoulos were named officers of the quarter for Oct. to Dec. 2005. Davis was chosen for his proficiency in enforcing anti-DUI laws in making more than 40 DUI arrests and assisting in numerous other DUI investigations. He is considered a resource for field sobriety training, officials said.
Eleopoulos was recognized for preventing a child-abuse suspect who was out on bail from fleeing the country to avoid trial, for testifying at the trial of two rape suspects just days after undergoing abdominal surgery and for being instrumental in the prosecution of a suspect in a stalking case, officials said.
Officer Michael Urlaub was named Reserve Police Officer of the Year for his willingness to assist on any assignment, such as filling in as a dispatcher, for seeking out and financing an impressive selection of training, and more.
Communications Technician II Amber Kent was designated Dispatcher of the Year for the second consecutive year, and is Support Services Person of the Quarter for Oct. to Dec. 2005. Among her many accomplishments, officials said, Kent developed policies and procedures in less than 48 hours, which allowed the department to unveil an electronic subpoena program on Jan. 1; trained a new dispatcher while working the dispatch center by herself; and revamped the dispatch training program, which a staffing consultant called "years ahead" of that of other agencies.
Police Aide Jesse Rutland, named Support Services Person of the Year, was acknowledged for numerous achievements, including the six-month overhaul of the Property and Evidence Program.