Honoring Our Heroes: METRO Celebrates National Police Week

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May. 18, 2017

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Honoring Our Heroes: METRO Celebrates National Police Week


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From left: MPD Officers Michael Cavazos, Jaime Gomez, Noe Gonzalez, Raul Perez and Eric Tellez receive the 2016 Unit Citation Award.

METRO Police Department's 35th Annual Awards Ceremony was held today at the Ensemble Theater in Midtown. Officers were acknowledged for various achievements including lifesaving efforts, meritorious service and Officer of the Year.

METRO Chief of Police Vera Bumpers said the event was an opportunity to honor law enforcement officers across the country and recognize individuals dedicated to advancing the mission of the agency's police department. 

"We are here today to support and recognize some very special people in our department, agency and community whose efforts have greatly contributed to the safety and security of our public transit system," said Chief Bumpers.

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Officer Michael Tremaine, a member of MPD's Collision Reconstruction Unit, was the recipient of the 2016 Officer of the Year Award. Described by colleagues as professional and kind, Tremaine was honored for being a model of exemplary conduct and superior ethics.

"Officer Tremaine exudes leadership, professionalism and integrity. He has an iron-clad knowledge and understanding of the laws he is entrusted to enforce and promotes a positive image of this department," said Chief Bumpers.

Janis Scott, a long-time METRO rider and MPD citizen partner, was awarded the department's Public Service Award. Scott, who is affectionately known as "Bus Lady," was recognized for her years of tireless effort to report incidences and offer suggestions to ensure safety.

"Ms. Scott lives by the words, 'If you see something, say something,'" said Chief Bumpers. "She has been a friend to MPD for many years and has been a great help to us."

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The MPD awards ceremony is one of hundreds of events taking place across the country during National Police Week, May 15-21.