Two Fife detectives and a lieutenant are the first recipients of the department’s new Police Chief’s Award, given to people who maximize resources and use innovation to help the department and community.
Detectives Jeff Nolta and Jeff Rackley and Lt. Tom Thompson were selected for their efforts to work through a backlog of cases in the investigations division. The unit since has made changes to improve flow and tracking of cases, the department said in a news release.
“By implementing this award, I am confident that this search for excellence and innovations will yield many new and better ways of accomplishing our mission and at the same time honor those whose dedication has enhanced not only the Fife Police Department, but our community as a whole,” Chief Brad Blackburn said in the release.
Three other police officials also have been selected for separate honors. Members of the department picked Officer Aaron Gardner as the Commissioned Officer of 2011, Corrections Officer Mark Jeffs as the Non-Commissioned Officer for 2011, and Officer Mike Compston as the 2011 Reserve Police Officer of the Year.
The award winners are expected to be recognized at an upcoming Fife City Council meeting.