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Akron, Ohio

Mayor Horrigan and Chief Nice Honor Exemplary Police Service

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City Awards 2015 Officers and Supervisor of the Year

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 12-22-2016

Akron, Ohio, December 22, 2016 — On Tuesday, December 20th, Mayor Dan Horrigan joined Akron Police Chief James Nice to recognize members of the Akron Police Department who demonstrated extraordinary leadership and provided exemplary service to the community in 2015.  

“As Mayor of this City, I have a front seat to heroism every day,” Mayor Horrigan said of working alongside the Akron Police Department.  “To the men and women nominated for this award – thank you for all you do, both behind the scenes and on the front lines, to serve your community with integrity.  Not only do you put your life on the line each day, but you have demonstrated your commitment to going the extra mile to protect and advocate for the citizens you serve.” 

In 2015 the Akron Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to approximately 250,000 calls for service (an average of nearly 700 calls each day).  The Department also conducted more than 8,000 criminal investigations that year.  “With 450 Police Officers doing this work, it is difficult to whittle it down to just a few exemplary officers and supervisors,” Chief Nice said.

Supervisors were nominated for the award by a Police Department member of any rank while officers were nominated for the award by a Captain, Major, or Chief Nice himself.  Recipients of the award were selected by a five-member panel that consisted of Council President Marilyn Keith, Police Auditor Phil Young, Bluecoats of Summit County Executive Director Cameron Mosley, Retired Police Chief Craig Gilbride and Chief Nice.

The recipients of the 2015 awards were:

Supervisor of the Year - Lieutenant Richard Edwards

  • Lt. Edwards is a well-respected supervisor, known for his positive attitude and for being available at all hours of the night and day to provide insight and information.   
  • Under his leadership, the Department continues to move in a positive community-oriented direction that encourages interaction between officers and the community we serve with programs such as Safety Town and Hidden in Plain Sight.

Officer of the Year - Officer Justin Ingham

  • Officer Ingham was instrumental in the apprehension and arrests of several burglary suspects in the Firestone Park/S. Arlington Street/Kenmore areas, and assisted an 84-year old citizen who was living alone in a home with extremely unhealthy conditions.
  • He is a dedicated, polished and cordial veteran officer who presents a positive image of the police department by effectively handling calls for service in one of the largest and busiest districts in the city. 

Specialized Unit Officer of the Year - Officer Eric Wagner

  • Officer Wagner is an experienced and knowledgeable officer who has embraced the problem solving model and community-oriented approach to police work and has been acknowledged by residents for the work he has done in their neighborhood.
  • He was one of first officers to work on the Neighborhood Response Team where he has tackled numerous issues with commitment and professionalism.

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For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street, Suite 200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: (330) 375-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

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