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Brighton Police Officer of the Year Award Presentation at the 5/7/15 City Council Meeting

The Brighton City Council and City Manager congratulates Brighton Patrol Officer Don Bishop; a 19 year veteran of the City of Brighton Police Department for receiving the Brighton Police Department's "Officer of the Year Award ".

Below are pictures from the 5/7/15 City Council Meeting award presentation for Officer Bishop and his family.   And right below the pictures is a copy of the full text of Police Chief Thomas Wightman's presentation to Officer Bishop.

Officer Don Bishop receives Officer of the Year award from the Brighton Police Department      Officer Don Bishop receives Officer of the Year award from the Brighton Police Department

Officer Don Bishop receives Officer of the Year award from the Brighton Police Department

Each year the police department conducts a process to recognize officers for exceptional performance and to select the Officer of the Year.  Recommendations for Officer of the Year are submitted by officers and sergeants, then reviewed by a committee representing both patrol and command officers to determine the commendations to be issued and selection of the Officer of the Year.

Tonight it is my honor to recognize Don Bishop as our Officer of the Year who was recommended by his peers and ultimately selected by the committee I just described.

Officer Bishop has been a member of the Brighton Police Department since 1996.  

In addition to his road patrol duties Officer Bishop serves as the department’s property & evidence officer and as a member of the Investigative Resources Unit (crime scene unit).

Officer Bishop has a reputation as a very proactive patrol officer and investigator.  Patrol Officers of this department are responsible for more than just taking initial reports of crimes, they also conduct the investigation and prosecution of most cases handled by the department.

Toward that pursuit, Don has developed exceptional communications skills that are so essential to conducting a successful investigation.  He is professional and respectful of individuals, including suspects, and knows how to adjust his approach not just tactfully, but tactically when speaking with victims, suspects, young people, old people, distraught people, whatever the situation.  These skills have served him well in both comforting victims and obtaining confessions from suspects.

Officer Bishop trains regularly with the Investigative Resources Team and serves as a Field Training Officer helping to train newly hired officers in the skills they will need for success.

As a property officer, Don teams with Sgt. Craig Flood to ensure the dependability of the department’s evidence system.  The property team has undergone numerous audits during the last decade, all of which have found 100% accuracy – a very impressive achievement.

I will conclude by saying that Officer Bishop continually demonstrates professionalism, dependability, and integrity at a level that exemplifies our Department’s core values, always representing the Department and the City in a manner we can all be proud of.  Please join me in congratulating Officer Don Bishop as the Brighton Police Department’s OFFICER OF THE YEAR.