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Castle Rock Police honors officers at annual award ceremony

Each and every day, Castle Rock Police Department officers and staff go a step above to serve the residents of their community. On Friday, May 14, CRPD distributed 10 awards to officers, dispatchers and a local resident for their outstanding contributions over the past year.

“As Chief of Police, I can truly say nothing makes me prouder than when people approach me to thank me for the professionalism and dedication of our police officers,” said Police Chief Jack Cauley. “When they use words like kind, patient, understanding and respectful to describe the men and women at our department, I know we are truly living out our One-By-One Policing philosophy.”

Two Meritorious Unit Awards were given – one to each the traffic and school teams who excelled and adapted over the course of the pandemic. The traffic officers spearheaded a number of new projects that greatly enhanced the operational effectiveness of the department, including the implementation of a number of new technological advancements. One of these items, the FARO system, will assist officers with very detailed renderings of criminal and traffic accident scenes.

When Douglas County went to “at-home learning” because of COVID-19, a program was created to provide free school lunches to students and families who needed additional support. The Castle Rock Police Department’s School Resource Officers (SRO) and School Marshal Officers (SMO) worked with the district to set up and staff three serving locations throughout the summer. Through their efforts, they served a total of 200,440 free lunches over a five-month period.

“Not only was the lunch program met with extreme gratitude from the community, the SROs and SMOs demonstrated our department’s commitment to creating safe environments where people can thrive,” said Chief Cauley.

Additionally, one officer received a Letter of Commendation for his work in helping a suicidal subject, while a sergeant was awarded the Police Merit Award for his efforts in locating a homicide suspect wanted by the New Mexico State Police.

CRPD also announced two separate life-saving awards, one of which included a citizen commendation for a Castle Rock man. Another award was given for exceptional tactics. Chief Cauley concluded the ceremony with his annual One-By-One Policing Award, which goes to an officer who exemplifies CRPD’s vision statement of serving those in the community as if they are members of one’s own family.

This was the first in-person award ceremony since 2019. Last year’s event was canceled because of the pandemic.

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