The Redmond Police Department held the 2023 Spring Recognition Ceremony recently to honor sworn officers and professional staff for their work during 2021 and 2022. The department did not hold a formal police awards ceremony for 2021 due to pandemic recovery.
“We recognize the accomplishments of our department to celebrate our successes and as a visible sign of everyone’s commitment to our values in our daily work,” said Police Chief Darrell Lowe. “Our ability to achieve excellence relies heavily on the hard work, dedication, and trust that has been built between our department and the community over the past 100 years.”
The ceremony kicked off with a dedication and renaming of the police training room for the late Steven R. Harris who served as police chief from 1981 until his retirement in 2009.
The awards ceremony began by recognizing Redmond Police staff for milestone years of service in 2021 and 2022. Eleven employees were recognized for five years of service. Five were recognized for 10 years. Fifteen employees were recognized for 15 years of service, three employees were recognized for 20 years, and three were recognized for 25 years. One employee was recognized for 30 years of service to the department.
Chief Lowe appointed four officers who promoted to the rank of corporal and five officers who promoted to the rank of sergeant during the past two years.
Each quarter, the police leadership team nominates and selects an Employee of the Quarter to recognize their excellent work. The recipients of this award were Officer Joe Rapcan, Detective Marshall Tolbert, Officer Noel Clark, Officer Steven Tran, and Communications Specialist Lisa Renggli.
Each year, the City of Redmond accepts nominations for outstanding employee contributions. The All Star Awards are given after an open nomination and voting by all department members. The 2021 All Stars were Detective Christine Mitchell, Mental Health Professional Susie Kroll, and the 911/Communications Team.
The All Stars for 2022 were Officer Bob Peterson and Program Coordinator Jenna Barnes.
Detectives Christine Mitchell and Marshall Tolbert were presented commendations for their efforts on a cold case homicide investigation that led to an arrest.
Four officers were honored for going above and beyond when responding to the call of duty.
Sergeant Jamie Ford and Corporal Cameron Balazic received commendations for rendering medical aid to victims of separate violent crimes.
Officer Colton Newcomb and Officer Steven Tran received life-saving awards for utilizing their training to render aid and save the lives of two Redmond residents in separate incidents.
The annual Awards Ceremony is one way Redmond Police Department strives to honor and celebrate sworn officers and professional staff for their work during the year.
Jill Green, Public Information Officer