of the Month :: 2007
6th, 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: Sergeant Juan Lora
Sgt. Juan Lora received an “Exemplary Service
Award” for excellent police work leading up to a successful gambling investigation
he conducted while assigned to the MSOS (Metro Special Operations Section) and
working with the FBI. The MSOS Commander, Captain Robert Hammer, cited Sgt. Lora’s
remarkable experience and dedication.
The gambling investigation began
with Sgt. Lora developing and working the information for a nearly a year, which
culminated in the spring of 2007 and lead to search warrants being served at several
area residences. Capt. Hammer said, “Cpl. Lora’s perseverance led to seizures
of this major gambling operation’s currency and assets—that ultimately put the
operator and his organization out of the business.”
2007 SBPD Detective Sgt. Michael Critchlow
Sergeant Michael Critchlow received an “Exemplary Service Award” in acknowledgement
of his day-to-day work ethic as well as outstanding investigative work-- and subsequent
arrests-- of suspects in a well publicized recent grave site vase larceny case
in June 2007.
Through his diligence on solving the case of 150 stolen
brass vases from Highland Cemetery, Sgt. Critchlow’s efforts also assisted in
solving a similar case at Chapel Hill Cemetery for the St. Joseph County Police
Department. Chief Richard Bishop also commended him for his “remarkable enthusiasm
and incredible compassion to solve this case for the victims.”
able to recover some of the stolen vessels and return them to the grieving family
members of the deceased whose grave sites had been criminally violated.