POLICE RECOGNITION DAY AT ROTARY CLUB OF CINCINNATI
Awards presentation to be featured at Thursday April 3 meeting.
The Rotary Club of Cincinnati will hold Police Recognition Day at its meeting Thursday April 3 in the Hall of Mirrors at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, 35 West Fifth Street. Rotary President Susan Wilkinson will welcome Executive Assistant Police Chief Paul H. Humphries, who will introduce members of the Police Department to be honored for their outstanding efforts in the categories of Administrative Excellence, Career Enhancement, Superior Achievement and Valor/Hero.
The meeting begins with lunch at noon, and the program will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. Recipients of this year’s honors are Administrative Excellence: Police Officer Michael Rees; Career Enhancement: Lieutenant Kimberly Williams; Superior Achievement: Captain Gary Lee; and Valor/Hero: Police Officers Ryan Robertson, Jeffry Ray, and Edwin Rivera. [Information on the recipients follows below.]
The Rotary Club of Cincinnati is the Tri-State area’s preeminent professional service organization for men and women supporting children – particularly those with disabilities – through partnerships with Stepping Stones/Camp Allyn and the Roselawn Condon School. The Rotary Club of Cincinnati also supports the global effort to eradicate polio worldwide through its PolioPlus program. More information about the Rotary Club of Cincinnati may be found at www.joincincinnatirotary.org or by calling 513-421-1080.
Police Officer Michael Rees is honored for his work as a research analyst in the Planning Unit, where his duties and responsibilities encompass every aspect of the unit’s mission. His knowledge and dedication have made him an invaluable resource to all members of the Department. His duties include preparing correspondence for Department and City officials’ signatures; evaluating the effectiveness of new programs; revising and initiating new Department procedures; researching topics and preparing formal reports for the Police Chief; acting as a liaison with other City departments; maintaining a very detailed organizational chart; and producing the weekly Staff Notes for the entire Department. In performing these duties, he has repeatedly demonstrated his talent, adaptability, and exceptional organizational skills. It is in large part due to his efforts that Staff Notes are a consistent professional representation of the CPD, even though he frequently receives items right up to the publication deadline. His selfless dedication and exceptional commitment to duty reflect great credit upon him, the Planning Unit, and the Cincinnati Police Department.
Lieutenant Kimberly Williams has been a member of the Cincinnati Police Department since 1988. She is currently commander of the Youth Services Unit and oversees the officers who engage and mentor youth through positive intervention programs such as the Children in Trauma Intervention (CITI) Camp, the Police Explorers Program, the Cadet Program, the Cincinnati Police Activities League (CPAL), and H3 program. She served in both uniformed patrol and undercover assignments until 1995, when she was promoted to Sergeant. At that rank, she worked as a supervisor in District One, the Event Planning Unit, and in the Inspections Section. Since her promotion to Lieutenant in 2002, she has served as commander of a District’s relief and Investigative Unit, of the Criminal Investigation Section’s Personal Crimes Unit, and in the Chief’s Office as Adjutant and Public Information Officer. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Xavier University and a master’s at the University of Cincinnati. Lieutenant Williams is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Foundation’s Police Executive Leadership College and the FBI’s National Academy. Her personal life also includes service to the community. She teaches Sunday school and works with the hearing impaired ministry at her church. The First Tee Program of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky recently honored Lieutenant Williams with a 2014 Core Values Award recognizing her dedication to programs that help young people in our community build character and embrace life-enhancing values to make positive, healthy choices.
Captain Gary Lee is recognized for his 33 years of distinguished service with the CPD. He has worked in all five Districts, in the Vice Unit, the 9-1-1 Communications Section, Special Services Section, Inspections Section, Information Fusion Section, and Community Policing Section. His current assignment is in Patrol Administration, where he coordinates many of the activities of the five Districts and the Central Business Section. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the ability to analyze issues from a non-traditional perspective and find solutions for complex problems, always with a firm commitment and dedication to the mission of the CPD. While a sergeant in the Vice Unit, he was lead investigator with the Ohio Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force and directed an investigation stretching from Cincinnati to Columbus and northern Ohio. Along with the successful prosecution of the offenders, this case resulted in the Department’s first one million dollar cash forfeiture. As lieutenant in the 9-1-1 call center, he worked on the design and planning to upgrade and move the facility to its current state of the art location. Captain Lee was the first commander of the newly formed Information Fusion Section, which focused on Homeland Security and Real Time Crime technology and developed the potential for real time crime analysis and information sharing, tactical planning and police problem solving. While Community Policing Section Commander, he received a commendation for his role in acquiring the COPS grant that saved the jobs of 25 officers who would otherwise have been laid off. Problem solving and team building initiatives with the faith-based community, social service agencies and private sector that Captain Lee established while District One Commander continue today in sustained partnerships with community members, business leaders and District staff. Captain Lee received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, the FBI National Academy, and the Senior Management Institute of Policing. He recently completed work on a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Cincinnati Christian University and was awarded a state license as a counseling and psychotherapy practitioner. Captain Lee’s experience, expertise and dedication have greatly benefited the Department and the community.
[Please do not photograph these officers who work in undercover assignment.]
Police Officers Ryan Robertson, Jeffry Ray and Edwin Rivera are honored for their role in disrupting a major drug trafficking organization responsible for bringing thousands of pounds of illicit drugs to Greater Cincinnati. As part of their work in the Major Drug Offenders Unit, the officers became aware of a Mexican drug trafficking organization based in Los Angeles and delivering and distributing significant quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. They initiated an investigation in January 2013 and learned that multiple deliveries had been made to local customers over the past two years. After conducting extensive surveillance, they identified two members of the organization from Los Angeles who were living and operating locally. They also identified two residences in Northern Kentucky that were used as storage locations and distribution points. With a cooperating individual, the officers were able to arrange delivery of approximately six and a half pounds of heroin, received “on consignment” in the District Five area. After further work with the cooperating individual, arrangements were made for another delivery of more heroin after payment for the first quantity. This allowed officers to identify the storage location of the entire heroin shipment from California. When they came to receive payment, the two suspects were arrested. A federal search warrant for the Highland Heights location yielded an additional 24 pounds of heroin, plus documents identifying other members and previous shipments of the drug trafficking organization. The two subjects arrested in this investigation were subsequently convicted of federal charges that could bring sentences of ten years to life imprisonment. The drug seizure is the largest amount of heroin in our region’s history. We are all only too aware of the devastating effects of drug trafficking and addiction on individuals’ lives and the safety and quality of life in the community at large. Officers Ray, Robertson and Rivera are truly deserving of recognition for their professionalism and expertise in this successful investigation.