2020 award winners

From left, Richmond Police Chief JJ Craig, 2020 Employee of the Year Officer Todd Ganey, 2020 Officer of the Year Phillip Jackson, Telecommunicator of the Year Ariel Tristan, Top Gun Day Shift Division Champion Officer Bradley McNeal, Top Gun Night Shift Division Champion and Overall Champion Sergeant Steven Rychlik, Top Gun CID Division Champion Detective Andy Runge, and Top Gun Administrative Division Champion Officer Robert Oliver. Not Pictured is Investigator of the Year Crime Scene Investigator Elizabeth Neal.

Philip Jackson was named Richmond Police Department’s officer of the year on Friday and Todd Ganey was named 2020 employee of the year.

The police department held its annual awards banquet at Swinging Door BBQ.

This event, sponsored by the Richmond Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, honors employees who show dedication and commitment to the mission of the Richmond Police Department throughout the year.

Each division commander is asked to pick someone from their division who they believe is deserving of this honor.

Besides Jackson and Ganey, awards went to Ariel Tristan, telecommunicator of the year; Bradley McNeal, top gun day shift division champion; Sgt. Steven Rychlik, top gun night shift division champion and overall champion; Det. Andy Runge, top gun CID division champion, Robert Oliver, top gun administrative division champion; and crime scene Elizabeth Neal, investigator of the year.

“2020 proved to be a challenging year for all of us with the COVID pandemic,” Police Chief JJ Craig said.

“While others had the ability to work from home, these dedicated employees had no choice but to continue working full schedules.

“We are extremely proud of all of these deserving employees who continually show dedication and commitment to the Richmond Police Department and the citizens of Richmond.”

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