Past Award & Scholarship Recipients

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The year listed designates when the award was given for the previous years' performance.
I.E. 2010 case is awarded in 2011 Conference.

Officer of the Year

2022 - Officer Maiya Cain - Minneapolis Police Department
2021 - Officer Kate Deering - Brooklyn Center Police Department 
2020 - Officer Katie Ruesink - Rosemount Police Department
2019 - None Nominated
2018 - Detective Heather Jensen - Bloomington Police Department
2017 - Sergeant Amber Larson - St. Paul Police Department
2016 -Officer Nikkole Peterson of the St. Paul Police Department

Excellence in Performance

2022 - Deputy Sheriff Miranda Gronginga - Isanti County Sheriff's Office

2021 - Officer Emily Giese - Coon Rapids Police Department

2020 - Acting Lieutenant Hannah Mishler - Department of Natural Resoures

2019 - Special Agent Bobbi Jo Pazdernik - Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

2018 - Officer Michele Giampolo - St. Paul Police Department

2017 - Officer Dawn Roeder - St. Paul Police Department

2016 - Vanessa Anderson - Minneapolis Police Department                                                                                         Colleen Myhre - South St. Paul Police Department
             Detective Michelle Leffelman - Bemidji Police Department (Out of State)

Melissa Schmidt Community Service Award

2022 - Officer Taylor Richmond - St. Cloud Police Department

2021 - Officer Ashlee Lange - University of Minnesota Police Department

2020 - COVID - Awards Presented in 2021 for 2019.

2019 - Officer Heather Gustafson - St Paul Police Department

2018 - Officer Colleen Saunby - Minneapolis Police Department

            Officer Cheryl-Leigh Goodman - Minneapolis Police Department

2017 - Officer Tabitha Carrigan - Bemidji Police Department

2016 - Officer Sara Suerth - Brooklyn Park Police Department 

 

Medal of Valor Award

2022- Officer Sarah Grell - Department of Natural Resources

2021 - None Nominated

2020- COVID - Awards Presented in 2021 for 2019

2019 - Sergeant Anna Hedberg - Minneapolis Police Department

2018 - Officer Vicki Karnik - Minneapolis Police Department

2017 - Officer Jennifer Merrill - Minneapolis Police Department 

            Officer Lyn Tonne - Burnsville Police Department

2016 - None Nominated

 

Carolen Bailey Mentorship Award

2022 - None Nominated
2021 - Officer Keia Pettis - Minneapolis Police Department
2020- COVID - Awards Presented in 2021 for 2019.
2019 - None Nominated
2018 - Deputy Chief Mary Nash - St. Paul Police Department
2017 - None Nominated
2016 - Chief Penny Vought - Waseca Police Department
2015 - 
2014 - 
2013 -
2012 - Chief Lynne Bankes - White Bear Lake Police Department

Excellence in Support 

2022 - Intelligence Analyst Kyli Pavek - Minneapolis Police Department

            Community Navigator Kate Miller - Minneapolis Police Department 

2021 - Officer Holly Helm : Burnsville Police Department

            Officer Kelly Martin - Minneapolis Police Department

2020 - Records Manager Amy Larsen - Washington County Sheriff's Office

            Senior Admin Assistant Tanya Junker - North Mankato Police Department

2019 - Barb Kietzman - Waseca Police Department

            Christine Worke - Waseca Police Department

2018 - Patty Lammers - St. Paul Police Department

2017 - Administrative Assistant Cara Rand - Anoka County Sheriff’s Department

2016 - Pam Oppegard Maple Grove Police Department 

Excellence in Service Award

2022 - Officer Kate Damm - Maple Grove Police Department

           Crime Prevention Specialist Georgeann Freeman - Savage Police Department

2021 - Officer Kate Zerull - Bloomington Police Department 

2020 - ADC Support Specialist Shawn Whipple - Goodhue County Sheriffs Officer

            ADC Support Specialist Gwen Frazier - Goodhue County Sheriff's Office

2019 - Officer Tracy MacDougall - Minneapolis Police Department

2018 - Community Service Officer Heather Novak - Anoka Police Department

2017 -Lieutenant Jodi Rolloff - Dakota County Sheriff’s Office

2016 - Officer Carrie Pitcher - Brooklyn Park Police Department

 

Community Service Award

2022- None Nominated
2021 - None Nominated
2020- COVID - Awards Presented in 2021 for 2019
2019 - Officer Eleni Menter - Metro Transit Police Department
2018 - Officer Amy Redding - Kenyon Police Department
2017 - None Nominated
2016 - Officer Samantha Belcourt - Minneapolis Police Department

Recognition of Heritage Award

2022 - Deputy Chief Laura Marquardt - Duluth Police Department

2021 - Retired Officer Kris Tyra - University of Minnesota Police Department

2020 - COVID - Awards Presented in 2021 for 2019

2019 - Chief Penny Vought - Waseca Police Department

            Lieutenant Kim Lund - Minneapolis Police Department

            Officer Catherine Michal - Minneapolis Police Department

2018 - Officer Therese Learmont - St. Paul Police Department

            Officer Vicki Karnik - Minneapolis Police Department

2017 - Assistant Chief Kristine Arneson - Minneapolis Police Department (32 years)
            Commander Colleen Luna - St. Paul Police Department  (32 years)

2016 - Sergeant Joann Springer - Ramsey County Sheriff's Office (35 years)

Leadership Award

2022 - Sergeant Sara Metcalf - Minneapolis Police Department
2021 - Sergeant
2020 - COVID 
2019 - Deputy Serena Frazier Waseca County Sheriff's Office
2018 - Lieutenant Shelley Patten - Department of Natural Resources
2017 - Assistant Chief Kristine Arneson - Minneapolis Police Department
2016 - Sergeant Amanda Heu - St. Paul Police Department

 

Past Scholarship Recipient

2022

Courtney Schorhammer  | $500
Jenna Lawin  | $500

2021

Danielle Reuss  | $500
Dakotah Beck  | $500

2020

Isabelle Sanchez | $500
Amanda Kyllo | $500

2019

Rachel Ostlund | Central Lakes College | $500

2018

2017

Bren Fletcher | Central Lakes College in Brainerd | $500