Celebrating 25 Years of Chandler Police Volunteers

The Chandler Police Department recognized the exceptional efforts of its volunteers during 2017 at its Annual Awards Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.  This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Department’s Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program.  Police Chief Sean Duggan has noted, “The VIP program builds a viable working partnership between volunteers from the community and the Chandler Police Department”.

The Department and the community as a whole have benefited from the dedication and service given by the members of the VIP program.  Over 700 members from the Chandler community have volunteered their time to serve as a part of the organization.

Congratulations to the following volunteers who were honored:

The Unit Citation award is presented to a volunteer team or unit whose actions exemplify the mission statement of the Chandler Police Department; To provide a safe community where people can live, work, and thrive.  The 2017 recipient of the Unit Citation award is the Fingerprint team.

Members of the Fingerprint team include Alex Gorosito, Mary Sandoval, Ben Schwatken, Vanessa Villalobos, Joyce Vitale, and Corey Voegtly.

The Special Recognition award is presented to volunteers who consistently exceed normal job requirements with at least one specific act of outstanding performance.

The 2017 recipients of this award are George Ohlinger, Mary Sandoval, and Colleen Sizer.

The Bronze Lifetime Achievement award is presented to a volunteer who provides 1,000+ hours of service from their inception into the program.

The 2017 recipients of this award are Carlos Lozano, and Colleen Sizer.

The Silver Lifetime Achievement award is presented to a volunteer who provides 2,000+ hours of service from their inception into the program.

The 2017 Silver Lifetime Achievement award is John Bowden.

The Gold Lifetime Achievement award is presented to a volunteer who provides 4,000+ hours of service from their inception into the program.

Mario Carranza is the 2017 recipient of the Gold Lifetime Achievement award.

The Volunteer of the Year award is presented to a volunteer for outstanding performance over a period of one year in achieving Department goals and objectives through projects, programs, or situations requiring exceptional dedication.

The 2017 Volunteer of the Year award recipient is Ken Hawkes.

Chief Duggan also noted that, “Over the years the Department has become reliant on our volunteers for support in many of the day to day operations.  This well organized community and service focused alliance has proven to be extremely effective in the Department’s efforts to provide a safe community.  The VIP program has also improved the overall quality of life for those who live and visit Chandler”.

Congratulations to all recipients of the 2017 VIP awards from all of us here at the Chandler Police Department and a special thank you to all VIPs for your selfless work and tireless sacrifice.