GVPD K-9 Handler Officer Jeff Mulqueen, Corporal Jason DiManna, Communications Manager Audrey DiManna, Commander Joe Gutgsell, Police Operations Support Manager Crystal Dean, Chief Dustin Varney, Dispatch Supervisor Karen Suazo, Commander Joe Bradley, Sergeant Mike Lobach, and K-9 Handler Officer Juan Villalva took part in the promotion ceremony.
BY FREDA MIKLIN
It takes a person with a special measure of courage and dedication to others to put on a badge and agree to stand between citizens and dangerous criminals. It takes an organization with numerous correctly moving parts to support those singular individuals who step up to keep us safe.
On Dec. 10 the Greenwood Village Police Department held a promotion ceremony for two police officers and a member of the all-important 911 dispatch team. They also presented K-9 badges to two new members of the team, who were on hand and attentive, along with their highly trained handlers.
Friends and supporters were treated to a rousing rendition of the national anthem by Highline Community Church Associate Pastor Dr. Biff Gore, who was a 2014 contestant on The Voice. Then GVPD Commander Joe Bradley recited the oath of office and Commander Joe Gutgsell read, The Meaning of the Badge, to newly promoted GVPD Dispatch Supervisor Karen Suazo, Corporal Jason DiManna, and Sergeant Mike Lobach. Handler Officer Jeff Mulqueen pinned a badge on his K-9 Riggs and Handler Officer Juan Villalva pinned one on his K-9 Miner.
The ceremony was completed after Chief Dustin Varney’s reading of the leadership oath. A community dinner followed for all in attendance.
GVPD Chief Dustin Varney presented a certificate of achievement to Officer Jeff Mulqueen and K-9 Riggs. Photos by Freda Miklin
GVPD Chief Dustin Varney presented a certificate of achievement to Officer Juan Villalva and K-9 Miner. Miner got his name because his acquisition was made possible by GV’s Newmont Mining, but he is often called Chewy because of his resemblance to Star Wars character Chewbacca.
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