By Dan Campana
This week, Mount Prospect police announced Investigator William Ryan as the department’s 2017 Officer of the Year.
Ryan earned high marks from the village’s Awards Committee on his overall performance rating and was recognized for “his passionate commitment” to law enforcement, according to the village. The committee also cited Ryan’s role in several noteworthy investigations and arrests last year. He earned three department commendations and an Officer of the Quarter award.
“The Committee also recognized his positive attitude, reliability, teamwork, initiative, and professional work ethic as just a few of the factors leading to his selection,” the village said in announcing the award.
Officer Eric Knippel and Christopher Johansen, each with three years with the department, were named the Officer of the Year runners up. Both patrol officers received multiple departmental commendations in 2017.
Dixon Police K-9 Hery to get protective vest
Hery, the Dixon Police Department’s K-9, is the latest local police dog to receive a protective vest from the Vested Interest in K9s. Hery’s vest was sponsored by the Marshall family in Dixon and will feature the words “Born to Love – Trained to Serve – Loyal Always” stitched on it.
A five-year-old German Shepard, Hery joined the department in October 2014, works with Officer Ryan McWethy and is certified in patrol and narcotics work through the North American Police Working Dog Association. In a Facebook post announcing the donation, the department said Hery “likes training playing ball, chewing on his Kong and going to work … (and) dislikes drugs and criminals who hurt others.”
Vested Interest has provided approximately 2,800 vests, with a total cost of $2.4 million, since being established in 2009
Vests are available through the program to certified K-9s in the United States who are employed and at least 20 months old. New K-9s and those with expired vests are also eligible. A $950 donation provides one protective vest to a police dog.
Roselle police recognized for military support
The Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recently honored the Roselle Police Department for its support of Officer Diana Cantu, a staff sergeant with the Army reserves who nominated the agency.
Roselle received the Illinois ESGR Pro Patria Award as one of three organizations in the state to demonstrate the greatest support to National Guard and Reserve employees through leadership and practices. ESGR presented the award during its awards banquet in March.