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Santa Clara Police Department's Annual Promotion and Awards Ceremony

Post Date:12/11/2018 12:00 PM

On December 10, City dignitaries, residents, current and retired employees and their families gathered in the Council Chambers for the Santa Clara Police Department's Annual Promotion and Awards Ceremony hosted by Police Chief Michael Sellers.

Dan Moreno - Captain
Greg Hill - Lieutenant
Pat Nikolai - Lieutenant
Colin Stewart - Sergeant
Frank Hagg - Sergeant
Aric Enos - Sergeant
Travis Niesen - Sergeant
Loi Filo - Sergeant
Greg Deger - Sergeant
Troy Morgan - Senior Public Safety Dispatcher 
Leslie Loretto - Senior Public Safety Dispatcher
Kristen Moye - Senior Public Safety Dispatcher (not pictured)


Lifesaving Award - Lieutenant Alan Wolf
Public Safety Dispatchers advised police units of a medical call at a motel on El Camino Real. Lt. Wolf was the first to respond and found a frantic man standing over a 68-year old women in the doorway of their motel room. The woman was unconscious, not breathing and had no pulse. The event was unfolding so rapidly, Lt. Wolf immediately started CPR without the use of medical or protective devices. Lt. Wolfe was relieved by Santa Clara Fire Department personnel. The victim was transported to a local hospital and survived this incident.


Lifesaving Award - Officer Mark Shimada and Reserve Officer Charles Caldwell
A juvenile lost consciousness and was discovered not breathing at school. Thankfully, Officer Mark Shimada and Reserve Officer Charles Caldwell were at the school on a separate matter and heard the radio traffic from Public Safety Dispatchers. The officers immediately initiated resuscitation efforts and continued to do so until the student regained consciousness and breathing was restored. The student was transported to a local hospital and survived the episode. It should be noted, this is Officer Shimada's fourth Lifesaving Award.


Commendation Certificate - Officers A.J. Pianto and Randy VanDiemen
A citizen contacted Public Safety Dispatchers regarding a subject that had forced their way into a residence. The citizen retreated to a bedroom and hung up. Public Safety Dispatchers were unable to re-establish contact. Meanwhile, responding officers formed a perimeter and organized a Crisis Entry Team in case the victim's life came into jeopardy. Almost an hour later, the suspect exited the victim's residence holding a silver object. When confronted by SCPD personnel, the subject retreated back into the residence. About ten minutes later, the suspect opened the front door and officers observed what appeared to be a hostage situation. Officers heard the victim scream for help in obvious pain and officers Pianto and VanDiemen initiated the rescue. Officer Pianto struck the door and announced the victim was on the floor incapacitated. The suspect was taken into custody and a silver handgun was located on the floor near the suspect. The victim was rushed to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Certificate of Appreciation - San Jose Police Department Officers Brian Lee (not pictured) and Evan Motooka and SCPD Officer Roy Gutierrez
An unknown suspect sexually assaulted a student near Santa Clara University. Detectives immediately went to work on this case, including distributing a TRAK flyer to fellow law enforcement agencies with a suspect vehicle description. Officers Brian Lee and Evan Motooka of the San Jose Police Department saw a vehicle matching the description in the flyer and initiated a traffic enforcement stop. The driver was identified and this information was shared with Detective Roy Gutierrez. A search warrant was issued to place a tracker on the suspect vehicle and to "ping" the suspect's phone. Surveillance was conducted and when the suspect threw away a beverage in the trash, a DNA sample was taken from it. While the evidence was sent to the Santa Clara County Crime Lab, several other leads seemed to stall. There was nothing left to do other than attempt to interview the suspect. Detective Gutierrez met the suspect at a coffee shop and the suspect placed himself at the scene and wrote the victim an apology letter. With this information, a Ramey warrant was issued and the suspect was arrested without incident. He elicited a full confession and admitted to going to Santa Clara University and San Jose State University to look for another victim. This case is a testament to teamwork and collaboration in law enforcement.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and recently promoted employees for their standout work and commitment to the Santa Clara community.


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