In 18 years with the Greenbelt Police Department, Patrol Cpl. John Michael Dewey has taken on a number of assignments, but his latest — Officer of the Year — is one that came just from doing his job.
Dewey was awarded the honor Nov. 2 during the Greenbelt American Legion Post 136’s 25th annual Public Safety Awards Banquet honoring first responders from the U.S. Park Police, city police, volunteer fire and rescue and public works departments.
Police Chief Jim Craze said Dewey "is one of the most diversified officers in the 75-year history of the agency."
Dewey started with the department in 1994 as a patrol officer, but has served as a field training officer, a K-9 officer and currently maintains the department's Computer Aided Dispatching and Records Management System.
Craze said that Dewey took on the assignment and has excelled at it.
"He has demonstrated throughout his career a focused determination to get the job done, regardless of assignment,” Craze said. “It was clear to me that he was the right person for such a critical and transformational project."
Dewey could not be reached for comment.
As a K-9 officer, Dewey and his partner, Rambo, received the Triple Crown Award for excellence in patrol tactics, searches and drug detection for two years in a row, and placed first overall in the 2011 U.S. Police Canine Association Region III K-9 competition, Craze said.
“The dedication of Cpl. Dewey to the citizens of Greenbelt throughout his career has been nothing short of outstanding,” Dewey’s supervisor, Capt. Carl Schinner, Patrol Division Commander, said in a statement.
“He has established himself as a leader within the ranks of the Department and is highly respected within the Washington, D.C., region as a police officer, K9 trainer and technology officer. His most recent effort, to bring smart technology policing to the Greenbelt Police Department has changed how the agency tracks calls, suspects, reports and provides a plethora of information to our officers 24 hours a day from the keypads in their cruisers. Information mining that took hours and sometimes days in the department's previous records keeping system involving police related incidents and criminal suspect identification now takes key strokes,” Schinner added in the statement.
Officer Benjamin Tomasiello was awarded U.S. Park Police Officer of the Year for his outstanding dedication to duty and his dedication to patrolling the parkway, said Lt. Warren Boyer.
Boyer said Tomasiello, who has been with the department since 2004, made 48 arrests, issued 160 traffic violations, responded to 126 public service calls and 40 vehicular crashes in the past year. On Aug. 12, Boyer said Tomasiello's investigative skills and persistence led to the arrest of a man who had allegedly assaulted a woman on the Baltimore/Washington Parkway.
Other award recipients were Firefighter of the Year Augustine Garcia for maintaining the department's website design and member recruitment, Sarah Kessel, as Emergency Medical Technician of the Year, and David Gross, who was honored for 20 years of service to the city’s public works department.