Dedication, tenacity, and a positive attitude when solving crimes were just a few attributes cited when City Council Members honored three of Missouri City’s Finest at their June 4 regularly scheduled meeting.
Officer Jessica Berry, who joined the Police Department in August 2010, was honored for being voted Officer of the Year by her peers and being awarded with the Fort Bend County 2012 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award for her proactive impaired driver enforcement efforts. Detective Terry Patrick, who joined the force in 2002, was recognized for earning the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District Exchange Club 2012 Officer of the Year award.
Berry, who said “it is very humbling” to receive the Officer of the Year Award,” is a native of Pennsylvania, a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania and of the University of Houston Downtown Police Academy. “I am very blessed to work for a department that provides me with the support and training necessary to achieve my goals,” she said. “The officers I work with are always willing to assist me and the administration provides me with every opportunity they can to help me succeed.”
Patrol Division Commander, Capt. Dwayne Williams, cited her ability to “consistently lead not only her shift, but the entire department in self-initiated activity, including field investigations, traffic contacts and arrests,” he said. “She always displays a positive and refreshing attitude at work toward her fellow employees and the citizens she serves.”
In addition to be honored by City Council, Berry also received a special recognition at the second annual Police Awards Ceremony held on May 18. When presenting Berry a plaque, Dave Anderson with the Southeast Chapter of Texas Mothers Against Drunk Driving said: “This region of Texas, which includes10 counties, is still known as the drunk driving capital of the United States, so anytime we have the opportunity to recognize an officer who makes a large number of DWI arrests, we are pleased to do so.”
Detective Terry Patrick, who joined the Missouri City police force in 2002, was honored during a recent City Council meeting for receiving the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District Exchange Club Officer of the Year award for his “dedication and tenacity pursuing every possible investigative lead associated with the criminals cases he is assigned.” Patrick was credited with solving 11 burglaries in the past year. Patrick celebrated his honor with his family and Chief Joel Fitzgerald, far left, Assistant Chief Mike Berezin, far right, and Capt. John Bailey.
Detective Patrick was honored by the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District Exchange Club for his dedication and tenacity pursuing every possible investigative lead associated with the criminals cases he was assigned.
Patrick said, “to be nominated and selected is a great honor and achievement. Anytime a Missouri City citizen has been a victim of a crime, I take great pleasure in locating and arresting the bad guy. I want our citizens to feel safe in our city and to know that we will always do our best to help them in any way possible.” He also received a special recognition at the second annual Police Awards Ceremony held on May 18.
Criminal Investigation Division Commander, Capt. John Bailey, pointed out a case in which Patrick had only a partial license plate as evidence against a burglary suspect. Bailey said “after two days searching through hundreds of license plates in two databases, Detective Patrick was able to locate and arrest the suspect, who was already on probation for burglarizing several homes.”
Patrick graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont and the Lamar University Police Academy.
Other officers honored during the second annual Police Awards Ceremony were:
Years of Service Award: 15 Years – Capt. Brandon Harris, 20 Years– Lt. Paul Poulton, 30 Years– Capt. John Bailey; Civilian of the Year – Crime Victim Liaison Toni Slusser; Telecommunications Officer of the Year – Supervisor Shannon Brumfield; Top Gun of the Year – Sgt. Jeff York; Detective of the Year – Detectives Andy Robb and Brad Tippit; and Rookie of the Year – Officer Allan Montoya.