Richmond PD holds awards ceremony

Richmond Police Department honorees for 2018 are, kneeling, from left, Detective of the Year and Top Gun CID Division Champion Andy Runge and Rookie of the Year Officer Alon Freeman. Standing, from left, are four employees and manager Christopher Smith of WalMart Supercenter, Business Sponsor of the Year; Officer of the Year Elisa Martinez; Top Gun Night Shift Division Champion Sgt. Steven Rychlik, Employee of the Year Monica Hernandez; Top Gun Day Shift Division Champion Officer Vernon Horelica; Telecommunicator of the Year Danell Gaydos and Citizen of the Year Vicki Seely. Not pictured are Top Gun Admininstration Division Champion and Top Gun Overall Champion Officer Todd Ganey.

The Richmond Police Department held its annual awards banquet on Friday, Jan. 18, at Swinging Door BBQ.

This event, sponsored by the Richmond Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, honors employees and citizens 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.

Top Honors went to Officer Elisa Martinez who was named 2018 Officer of the Year, and Mrs. Monica Hernandez who was named 2018 Employee of the Year.

In addition, the department awarded the Business Sponsor of the Year to Wal-Mart Super Center Store No. 546 Richmond, for outstanding support to the department during 2018.

The department also honored Vicki Seely as the 2018 Citizen of the Year.

Several other employees and citizens were honored during the ceremony.

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