Police Department Heroes

During the course of each year, officers, civilians and citizens receive various awards for their outstanding performance and service to the community. Below are the various awards and medals our personnel, citizens and partners can receive. Please click on the title of the award to see who is the most recent recipient of it.

Chief’s Award
The Chief's Award is given to an individual who demonstrates exemplary performance under stressfull circumstances that benefits the department and the community. This award can be given to a police department employee, a city, or an individual from another agency whose performance directly impacts WPD's mission, vision and values.

Supervisor of the Year
This honor is awarded to a corporal or higher rank supervisor whom has exemplified the mission, vision, and values of the Westminster Police Department during the entire calendar year. The supervisor receiving this award has been nominated by his/her peers. Areas of emphasis considered in the selection process include:
· Development of employees
· Projects and/or specific incidents which demonstrate leadership
· Level of productivity in their specific assignment as it relates to addressing crime and quality of life issues
· Representation of the Westminster Police Department in the community
· Respected by their peers and other department employees

Ron Weber Award – Investigator of the Year
This award is named after Lieutenant Ron Weber. Ron was a 27-year employee of the Westminster Police Department whose passion at work was investigations. Ron spent much of his career as a detective, specifically in narcotics. He passed away in 2003 due to cancer which he contracted years earlier while investigating methamphetamine labs. Ron’s memory lives on in this award as we honor a detective each year that has provided the highest caliber of investigations throughout the calendar year. Award recipients are nominated by their peers.

Officer of the Year
This honor and accompanying plaque are awarded to an officer assigned to operations who, for the calendar year, has consistently exemplified the mission, vision, and values of the Westminster Police Department during the entire calendar year. Award recipients are nominated by their peers. Areas of emphasis considered in the selection process for these awards include:

  • Level of productivity in the specific assignment of the officer/employee
  • Participation in community based projects (POP’s, Special Events, etc)
  • Participation in committees, work groups, and projects
  • Level of teamwork demonstrated with other employees
  • Excellence demonstrated during specific project(s) and/or investigations
  • Participation in other projects or events that tend to promote the Westminster Police Department in a positive manner
  • Respected by their peers and other department employees

Civilian Employee of the Year
This honor and accompanying plaque are awarded to civilian employee who, for the calendar year, has consistently exemplified the mission, vision, and values of the Westminster Police Department. Award recipients are nominated by their peers. Areas of emphasis considered in the selection process for these awards include:

  • Level of productivity in the specific assignment of the employee
  • Participation in community based projects (POP’s, Special Events, etc)
  • Participation in committees, work groups, and projects
  • Level of teamwork demonstrated with other employees
  • Excellence demonstrated during specific project(s) and/or investigations
  • Participation in other projects or events that tend to promote the Westminster Police Department in a positive manner
  • Respected by their peers and other department employees

Part-Time Employee of the Year
This honor and accompanying plaque are awarded to a sworn or civilian part-time employee who, for the calendar year, has consistently exemplified the mission, vision, and values of the Westminster Police Department. Award recipients are nominated by their peers. Areas of emphasis considered in the selection process for these awards include:

  • Level of productivity in the specific assignment of the employee
  • Participation in community based projects (POP’s, Special Events, etc)
  • Participation in committees, work groups, and projects
  • Level of teamwork demonstrated with other employees
  • Excellence demonstrated during specific project(s) and/or investigations
  • Participation in other projects or events that tend to promote the Westminster Police Department in a positive manner
  • Respected by their peers and other department employees

Distinguished Service Medals
The Westminster Police Department seeks nominations each year for the medals of distinguished service. The Distinguished Service medals include the Gold Medal of Valor, the Silver Medal of Courage, and the Bronze Medal of Merit. These awards are the highest honors bestowed upon our officers. Although we seek nominations for these awards each year, they are not awarded unless the actions of the nominees meet the specific criteria.

Award of Excellence
This award was created by our current Chief Kevin Baker and recognizes employees for Service with Integrity that exceeds the call of duty. This may include acts of outstanding service that involve interaction with any Westminster resident, business owner, member of the community, professional contacts or fellow employees.

Life Saving Medal
The Life Saving Medal is awarded to members of the Westminster Police Department who, while serving in an official capacity, distinguish themselves conspicuously by providing life saving efforts to a person who, without immediate assistance, would be in eminent risk of death.

Top Shot
This award is given to the officer who achieve the highest score in the police department's annual shooting competition. All sworn personnel participate in this competition.

ATAC Award
This award is given to the officer(s) who recover the most stolen vehicles over the course of one year.

MADD Awards
This award is presented to the officers who have arrested the most persons who have been driving under the influence.

Community Partnership Award
This award is presented to an employee of this city, a community organization or another governmental agency who has demonstrated great collaboration, team work or partnership and has enhanced our ability to provide excellent service to the Westminster Community. This award can go to an individual, group, organization or outside agency.

Community Service Award
This award is given to those officers who have demonstrated an outstanding level of community participation and effort through identifying issues impacting the City and developing and implementing strategies designed to mitigate these issues.