On November 1st the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce hosted an event to acknowledge the Officer and Civilian of the Quarter award Recipients.
Officer of the Quarter: Officer Thomas Baker
Officer Baker has shown in the last three months continuous pro-active patrol in high crime areas by conducting various traffic stops and security checks. Most notably Officer Baker responded to a call in reference to a female going into labor. Officer Baker stayed on scene with the woman’s other children while the fire department was able to deliver the baby, and transport the mother and new born to the hospital. Officer Baker took the initiative to contact family members to take custody of the children and stood by until they arrived. This is just one example of how Officer Baker consistently shows a great deal of professionalism and compassion for the public.
Civilian of the Quarter: CTS Natasha Hauber
CST Hauber has handled approximately 32 call for services during the 3rd Quarter including: several deaths, search warrants, attempted murder, arson, sexual batteries, and numerous requests to pull video and enhance it. CST Hauber readily leads a hand to other CSTs when needed and also routinely assists Property and Evidence with transferring video/ audio evidence to disks for the State Attorney’s Office. CST Hauber has been attending classes to obtain her Master’s in Digital Forensics as well as attempting Digital Evidence Examination and Processing to further the agency’s goal of having civilian personnel trained in digital forensics.
Today we recognized some of our other civilian award recipients; Logistics Manager Nicholas Zynko and Secretary Patricia Tobar.
Nicholas Zynko was awarded the Meritorious Award, in his position he is responsible for the police buildings and fleet. Zynko has been the liaison with facilities in an expansion project for our communications center. This operation was in-depth and included many different outside companies, as well as, other departments within the City. Zynko coordinated meetings and managed the roadblock and obstacles that arose. This was no easy feat but Nicholas Zynko saw it through completion.
Patricia Tobar was awarded the Community Service Award. Patricia, along with Project Specialist Jennifer Williams(not pictured), organized and facilitated an appreciation luncheon for our VCOP Program. The efforts from these ladies were above and beyond what their normal responsibilities are. Their focus was not only to show appreciation to the VCOPs but to enhance the relations with those members of our community that provide such dedicated time to our department and city. Through various donations and hard work Trish and Jennifer’s efforts proved to our VCOPs that they are a valued program in our agency and it significantly enhanced relations not only with the VCOP program, but also with those members who live in our community.