Manitowoc Noon Rotary Officer of the Year

Officer Peter McGinty

We would like to congratulate Officer Peter F. McGinty for being nominated and selected as the Manitowoc Police Department’s 2018 Noon Rotary Officer of the Year!

Officer McGinty has been with our police department since June 2016 and had been working the midnight shift.  In October 2017 he was assigned as an investigator at Metro Drug.  Officer McGinty came to our department with nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience and specialized in investigations and drug related crimes.

In the nomination letter written by his supervisors, Officer McGinty was recognized as a “team” player who is ALWAYS willing to do what it takes to get the job done!!  Because of his vast experience and pleasant and friendly demeanor his coworkers are more than comfortable approaching him for advice or his opinion on incidents they are handling.  Officer McGinty also took the time to pass on his knowledge to newer officers by mentoring and training them on how to do “proactive policing” including such things as drug intelligence, writing search warrants and the execution of those warrants.  This type of leadership was a tremendous asset to the third shift patrol team as well as the Manitowoc Police Department as a whole!!  We would also like to recognize Lt. Mark Schroeder, Detective Erik Kowalski and Officer John Musial who, based on their excellent performance over the past year, were also nominated for this distinguished award.

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Manitowoc Eagles Club Officer of the Year

Officer Alex Turek

The Manitowoc Police Department is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Eagles Club Officer of the Year Award is Officer Alex Turek.  Officer Turek has served on the Manitowoc Police Department since January 2015 and has been assigned to the third shift patrol. 

In Officer Turek’s nomination letter it indicated that even though he has only been with our department for a little over two years, he has shown great enthusiasm for community involvement and he has had an immediate positive impact on many lives in our city.  Officer Turek has singlehandedly organized the first two “Stuff the Squad” charity events in the City of Manitowoc, a cooperative fundraiser between the Manitowoc Police Department and Copp’s Grocery Store, to raise food donations for the community’s disadvantaged. Officer Turek’s efforts led to $2100 in food donations in 2015, and $3000 in donations in 2016

Officer Turek has also participated in the annual Shop with a Cop event. This is a worthy cause where participating police officers accompany select children at a local department store, where the children use money donated to them to buy Christmas gifts for other family members. This is a well-publicized event in which police officers can develop positive relationships with our community’s youth.  Officer Turek is also very active in assisting with the Manitowoc Police Department’s Explorer Program, which is an organization founded in order to give the community’s youth a first-hand look at a possible career in law enforcement. In addition, he has also assisted with the Manitowoc Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy, teaching the citizens of our community on such things as conducting traffic stops, room clearing and building searches.

Officer Turek has exhibited extraordinary enthusiasm and care for his community by getting involved in whatever way he can, to do the most good for the most people. We would also like to recognize both Officer Brett VerVelde and Officer John Bennett who were also nominated for this award based on their excellent performance over the past year(s).