of the Month :: 2007
12, 2007 by Cpl
South Bend Police Department recognizes employees monthly for outstanding service
or duty. The purpose of the Employee of the Month Award is to recognize officers
or civilian employees on our department who have demonstrated actions that are
noted by supervisors, or citizens from both a professional law enfocement position,
and in support of our community policing efforts with our city citizens.
will present this as a monthly feature as awards are noted and commended.
2007: Cpl Phillip Herman
Cpl Herman is a four year veteran and is assigned
to the third detail (midnights) patrol shift. Cpl Herman is recognized for efforts
in apprehending two individuals that were involved in armed robberies on the southeast
and north east sides of South bend on January 7, 2007.
Based upon information
learned from an earlier robbery on January 7th, Ptl Herman was patrolling in the
area of Ironwood and Edison in an attempt to gain information on potential target
businesses, and took the time to investigate possible locations and escape routes.
0300 hours, Cpl Herman noticed a clerk Walgreens nearby run out the door and point
in the direction of a vehicle he observed leaving the area at a high rate of speed.
This vehicle fled and a vehicle pursuit began. While attempting to catch up to
the vehicle, Cpl Herman asked dispatch to contact the store to find out what may
be wrong. He was advised that the occupant of the vehicle attempted a robbery
of the store.
Cpl Herman followed proper department policy on the pursuit
and as the vehicle turned around coming back towards Cpl Herman's police car,
the suspect vehicle flattened a tire when driving over a curb. The occupants then
fled on foot. Cpl Herman chased one suspect, and a K( officer/handler pursued
Both suspects were apprehended and identified as robbery suspects.
Using video footage from other robberies, another officer arrived and was able
to identify the suspects as being involved from an earlier convenience store robbery
during the shift. These suspects are believed to be involved in several similar
robberies, which brought the crime spree to an end.
February 2007: Ptlm.
Ptlm. paul Strabavy is a two year veteran of the 2nd
detail (afternoon) shift.
Ptlm. Strabavy is recognized as the Feb. 2007 Officer of the Month for his efforts
in proactive policing. In a two week span in the month of February, Ptlm. Strabavy
made seven felony arrests, multiple misdemeanor arrests, and recovered a significant
ammount of narcotics, primarily cocaine and marijuana in his arrest encounters.
Strabavy alse recovered a handgun, and issued over forty traffic citations. Ptlm.
Strabavy is known on the afternoon shift as a very hardworking officer, and maintains
a good working relationship with other officers, and in dealing with the public.