June 2018 - Dispatcher Jeff O'Donnell
Public Safety Employee of the Month - Dispatcher Jeff O'Donnell
I wish to extend my appreciation and congratulations to you on your nomination and selection as the Novi Public Safety Employee of the Month – June 2018. You were nominated by Dispatch Shift Leader Janet Kaplan and selected by the Public Safety Innovation Committee for your dispatch skills, knowledge, and coordination while handling an aggravated stalking/ PPO violation situation in which the suspect was on foot attempting to elude responding officers.
On June 23rd at approximately 9:26p.m., the Novi Dispatch Center received a phone call from the victim of the incident advising that her former boyfriend was outside of her residence attempting to speak with her. The victim advised of a current PPO on the subject and that he was last observed walking on Seeley Drive from her residence. You were able to coordinate the response of multiple officers to the location as well as set up a perimeter in the area while utilizing your mapping skills. You further coordinated the response from assisting Farmington Hills Police Officers to the area all while handling additional calls for service in the city. Your diligent efforts and ability to set up the perimeter allowed the responding officers to concentrate on the successful apprehension of the suspect. A warrant was authorized on the suspect for aggravated stalking in which he was arraigned on the charges and ultimately received a $50,000.00 bond no 10% allowed. If not for your extraordinary efforts and coordination not only handling your dispatch responsibilities, but taking on additional responsibilities, this individual may not have been apprehended. It should also be noted that you were nominated for employee of the month for May because of similar performances during your shift.
Jeff, you continually exemplify the City of Novi Police Department’s Mission, Vision and Values, in your continuous efforts to assist the road patrol to the fullest extent possible. Your extra efforts, calming demeanor, and dispatch abilities enhance the performance and reputation of the Novi Police Department. Congratulations on being named Public Safety Employee of the Month – June, 2018.
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