2012 RPD Annual Awards Ceremony

On May 7, 2012, the Rochester Police Department and the Rochester Police Locust Club hosted the 31st Annual Awards Dinner at the Riverside Convention Center.  Approximately 50 officers were honored for acts that occurred in 2011 which recognized their bravery, commitment and excellent service to the community. In addition to recognizing sworn members, awards were also presented for Citizen of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year.

The evening’s top moment was the announcement of the second annual Officer of the Year Award. The men and women of the Rochester Police Department selected an outstanding group of officers as finalists to choose from, including Tim Gourlay, Brandon Ince, Jeff McEntee, Nolan Wengert, and Aaron Wilcox.  

Officer of the Year:  

Nolan Wengert was the proud recipient of the 2011 Officer of the Year award.  Officer Wengert joined the RPD in 2006, and has spent almost his entire career working in the south west area of the City, Officer of the Yearassigned to the West Division’s 3rd platoon. His favorite part of police work is actively looking for criminals committing gun or drug related offenses, and searching for suspects with outstanding wanted packages. He is also a Field Training Officer, General Topics Instructor, and a part of the Department’s Firearms Training Unit. He has also been recognized with several Chief’s Letter’s, Excellent Police Service Awards, a Distinguished Service Award, and named Officer of the Month. On accepting the award, Officer Wengert said that any good arrest or investigation he was involved in was solely a result of good teamwork with the people he works with, and he was proud to be considered for this award alongside the other nominees. He expressed thanks to his family, friends, mentors/trainers, and fellow officers. He gave special thanks to the current and former members of West 3rd and the other officers he works with everyday on the street.

Civilian Employee of the Year:Civilian Employee of the Year

Laurie Van Brederode works in the Central Investigations Division, and was recognized as Civilian Employee of the Year for her hard work as the sole person coordinating the Department's Missing Persons efforts, including coordinating community interaction and education, collaborating with multiple agencies, and communicating with the families and loved ones of missing persons.

Citizen of the Year:

Jorge Torres was selected as citizen of the Year for assisting Officer Pancoe in effecting the arrest of a resisting suspect.

Officers of the Month:

Officer Steven Mitchell

Officer Paul Helfer

Officer Timothy Gourlay
Officer Jeffrey McEntee

Officer Timothy Luety
Officer Shane DiSanto

Sergeant Ed McDonald
Investigator David Giudici

Investigator Theresa Dearcop
Officer Thomas Kirk

July:Sergeat Perez and Officer Wright
Sergeant Jorge Perez
Officer Denny Wright

Sergeant Nelson Soto
Officer Robert Osipovitch
Officer Brandon Ince
Officer James Perry

Officer Bradley Pike
Officer Nickolas Romeo

Investigator Randy Benjamin
Investigator Neil O’Brien

Officer Randy Book
Officer Kenneth Frisbie

Officer Susan Koehn
Officer Cynthia Curione

Distinguished Service Award:

Officer Randy Book

Lifesaving Award:Officer Sanders

Officer Christopher Barber
Officer Adam Johnston
Officer Darin Maxwell

Commendation Award:

Officer Steven Mitchell
Sergeant Ed McDonald
Investigator David Giudici
Sergeant Paul Grande
Investigator Glenn Ferguson
Investigator John Conner
Investigator David Blaho

Community Service Award:

Sergeant Justin Collins
Officer Antonio Gonzalez
Officer James Perry
Officer Brandon Ince
Officer Steven Swetman
Officer Steven Kovacic

Unit Citation:Officer Koehn


Henry Jensen Award:

Officer Walter Sanders

Dr. Samuel McCree Award:

Officer Susan Koehn