Officer Denk has been with our police department since July of 2007 working the midnight shift. In addition, to his normal patrol duties, Officer Denk has been involved with our Field Training Program, Bike Patrol Program, TRACS Program, department’s monthly maintenance/cleaning of department’s rifles, assists our Detective Bureau and Metro Drug with the collection of evidence from electronics, and has even become our “Dear Dave” expert consistently updating officers/supervisors on new case law. In addition, he and his wife, Jena, participated with the “Shop with a Cop” Program and has become a lead instructor with our Citizen’s Academy.
In the nomination letter written by his supervisors, Officer Denk was recognized for his command presence which has never been about flaunting his authority over others, but rather, earning the respect of the public by always being polite and professional to our citizens, with a truly service oriented spirit about him. Officer Denk is a “pro-active” officer who “makes things happen.” He is one of our most aggressive pursuers of wanted fugitives and has repeatedly found innovative and creative ways to discover new clues about where our local fugitives are hiding out!!
We would also like to recognize both Officer John Bennett and Detective Dave McCue who, based on their excellent performance over the past year, were also nominated for this distinguished award.