Commendations, Praise & Recognition from Community Members & Colleagues
This is a feature that contains a small sampling of all letters, emails, cards that BPD receives.
Executive Director Tia Ingram, of the Berkeley Housing Authority recently wrote Chief Meehan commending Officer Stephanie Polizziani. She was recently conducting a site visit with Officer Polizziani, Officer Cummings and other City services addressing a potential problem property. As they were touring the property, a woman approached them; her appearance could be perceived as less than ideal. The women greeted Officer Polizziani by name, and talked about life changes she is making. Officer Polizziani spoke to her “not as an officer in charge, but rather as though the woman was an elected official; a property owner; a wealthy celebrity; or even a Housing Authority Director.” She acknowledged the woman and applauded her victory. Director Ingram stated “what a powerful testimony for good Community Policing.”
A community member called the police to report a subject who appeared to be having a mental health crisis. The person was following her and challenging her to fight. The caller was scared and spoke to Public Safety Dispatcher Carmen Calhoun, who told her to seek refuge in a nearby store, while the police responded. Officer Skyler Ramey responded to the call and was able to locate the subject. Officer Ramey was able to resolve the call. Later that day the community member came to the police department and was able to personally meet with PSD Calhoun and Officer Ramey. She thanked them for their help and wished them “many blessing.”
Recently, a community member emailed the police department to thank Officer Chris Waite and Officer Chris Schulz. They recently assisted her son, who was having a difficult time and was reluctant to ask for help. She noted the officers were consistently professional, courteous, kind, understanding and persuasive. She complimented them on their efforts, both were gracious and stated they were only doing their jobs. She noted “Doing one’s job is one thing. Doing it very, very well, is quite another.” Thanks in part to their efforts; her son is doing much better.