Bravo to the men and women of the Plano Police Department (PPD) who’ve earned peer and leadership recognition for their service in 2020. Recently, PPD held their 46th Annual Awards Ceremony to honor the outstanding efforts of sworn and civilian personnel.
Our police department operates under a simple, yet effective mission statement: “To provide outstanding service, in partnership with the community, to maintain a safe environment that contributes to the quality of life.” With so many staff members dedicated to this mission and to Plano residents, it’s a daunting task to choose awardees in these categories:
Sworn Supervisor of the Year – Sergeant Courtney PeroAs the current Special Events/Homeland Security sergeant, Courtney juggles several functions. However, his work in 2020 providing COVID-19 contact tracing, testing and return to work info to staff was invaluable in the department’s successful response to the pandemic.
Officer of the Year – Detective Carlos HarwellA 20-year veteran of the department, Carlos embodies a rare combination of self-motivation, technical knowledge, creative thinking, interpersonal skills and well-honed street smarts. His attributes have garnered numerous awards and commendations over the years.
Rookie of the Year – Officer Nathaniel ChiltonSince he completed training in February 2020, Nathaniel has been busy. He’s conducted over 628 traffic stops, completed 124 primary reports and made 70 arrests – including 53 DWI arrests. His performance as a first-year officer is a credit to him and the department.
Civilian Supervisor of the Year – Criminalist Supervisor Susan HassanUnofficially dubbed the “go-to” supervisor, Susan oversees the crime scene investigation unit. In 2020, she repeatedly dove into action ensuring there was ample staff during the height of COVID. Susan is an asset to detectives on technical aspects of evidence analysis – especially on cold cases.
Civilian of the Year – Police Mental Health Coordinator Nicole BowersCommitted to public service, Nicole maintains professional relationships with community partners while working with PPD staff to help citizens with mental health concerns. She’s a member of and trainer for regional and state crisis intervention groups. Nicole is quick to share her expertise with other City departments as well.
Each of these award recipients were selected based on the department’s performance measures: timely service, crime rate, quality of service and traffic safety. Congratulations to all!