SJSO NEWS: Last night, the Italian Athletic Club (IAC)held their 49th Annual Officer of the Year Awards Dinner, during which they announced their selection of the Officer of the Year for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, the Stockton Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol’s Valley Division. Each year, the IAC asks these agencies to nominate three of their sworn personnel for the IAC’s Officer of the Year event. Members of the IAC then meet, review the nominations, and select one individual from each agency to receive the award. Each agency’s winner is then announced at IAC’s annual dinner. This year, the three nominees from the Sheriff’s Office were Deputy Joshua Stillman, Deputy Stephen Mitchell, and Deputy Joseph Silva. The individual chosen as this year’s IAC Officer of the Year was Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Stillman.
Additional information on each of the three Sheriff’s nominees can be found in the following:
Deputy Joshua Stillman: Deputy Stillman, 34, is a nine-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office. He is assigned to the Patrol Division and has been a member of the Canine Unit for four years. His supervisors describe him as extremely self-motivated and proactive. In the past year, Deputy Stillman handled more than 214 investigations and was the first deputy to locate Randall Toshio Saito, a psychiatric hospital escapee from Hawaii, at a Stockton gas station in November.
Deputy Joseph Silva: Deputy Silva has been with the Sheriff’s Office for close to ten years and assigned to the Boating Safety Unit in the Patrol Division for the past seven. The 36-year-old is said to have a vast knowledge of the county waterways and laws relating to maritime law, fish and game enforcement, search and rescue, boating safety, and more. Due to Deputy Silva's commitment, 24 abandoned watercraft and marine debris have been removed from waterways.
Deputy Stephen Mitchell: Known as a dedicated and highly motivated deputy, Mitchell has been serving the Sheriff’s Office and community for six years and is a member of the Community Service Enforcement Team (CSET). When an inmate escaped from the County’s Honor Farm in November, Deputy Mitchell was assigned to find the escapee. After developing several leads, he was able to locate the inmate in Acampo and arrest three additional subjects during the course of the investigation.