This award is selected and presented by the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police will decide the individual criteria associated with this award. Such items of consideration would include: high level of growth or improvement, extra-ordinary acts of performance, activities that go beyond the normal call of duty, or any other item of specific notation or combination deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police.
This award is designated for the individual officer who regularly displays a proactive, tenacious, disciplined, and procedurally sound performance of basic police work. The officer displays the persistence to pursue offenders in a variety of ways using all available tools at his/her disposal. This officer not only displays assertiveness towards pursuing offenders, but also completes the task with sound judgment; following protocols of GOs, laws, and legal procedures. The quality of the officer’s work is prevalent throughout and it is complete in every regard.
This award is designated for the individual officer who displays exceptional service in relation to a single incident or achievement. This may be awarded to an individual who: through exceptional tactics, acts to successfully resolve a critical incident; through personal initiative, tenacity, and great effort acts to solve a major crime or series of crimes; through personal initiative develops a program or plan which contributes significantly to the department’s objectives and goals; or other examples of handling an act or achievement in an exceptional manner.
This award is presented to a group of employees who distinguish themselves through teamwork. Teamwork is the process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal; it is a crucial part of a business, as it is often necessary for colleagues to work well together in any circumstance, using their individual skills to the efficiency of the organization, despite any personal conflict between individuals.
This award is presented to an employee who distinguishes themselves through their individual contributions to the team. This individual works collaboratively with others to achieve a goal. The individual should take the initiative to work with others, display a helpful and cooperative attitude, be knowledgeable and competent, and display active involvement with their area of responsibility.
Community Service Award
This award is to be presented to any member of the department who has consistently shown initiative, innovation, and care in the service of the citizens of Kettering. Activities and interactions are more than superficial in nature and result in an articulable direct impact on the community. The individual’s efforts are recognized by fellow employees and the citizenry.
Rookie of the Year
This award is presented to an officer with less than 3 years of service who distinguishes themselves through their individual contribution to the department and our community. This individual should: demonstrate sound judgment and officer safety; follow protocols of GOs, laws, and legal procedures; demonstrate a commitment to continuing self-improvement; exceeds the duty requirements expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement.
Telecommunications Operator of the Year
This award is designated for the individual who regularly displays a proactive, tenacious, disciplined, and procedurally sound performance of telecommunications work. The person, being the first contact of the police department, displays the utmost patience and professionalism when dealing with the public, must be calm and levelheaded during times of emergency, persistence to assist co-workers and patrol officers in the performance of their duties. This person completes all tasks with sound judgment; following protocols of GOs, laws, and legal procedures. The quality of the person’s work is prevalent throughout and it is complete in every regard.
Civilian Employee of the Year
This award is presented to the civilian employee who distinguishes themselves through consistent actions which represent the highest standards of their respective position and the department. The civilian produces a complete work product that incorporates all aspects of their particular job function, displays high-level interpersonal relationships, and is a consummate team player.