Event to Celebrate Exceptional Acts of Bravery, Proficiency and Charity
The Durham Police Department (DPD) held its annual Service Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at Durham City Hall (101 City Hall Plaza).
The ceremony will feature 40 individual and group recognitions including 15 Community Service Medals; 16 Certificates of Merit; two Police Medals; four Distinguished Service Medals; Civilian of the Year; Officer of the Year; and two Medal of Valor recipients.
Alice Cheek, PAC 5 Co-Facilitator received the Durham Police Department Community Service Award. Ms. Cheek is an active member of the community she sits on various boards and commission such as the Citizen’s Advisory Board, Park and Recreation Board. She works with the Durham Rescue Mission with the annual Book Bag give-away and Refine‘s Fire Community Church Free Summer Meals Program.
Origin of DPD’s Awards Ceremony
Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. initiated DPD’s annual awards ceremony in 2010 to recognize the “above and beyond” public safety contributions of DPD officers and non-sworn employees, residents and organizations. Nominations are submitted by DPD employees and the general public. A service awards committee of DPD employees evaluates each nomination and coordinates the service awards ceremony which is usually held in May as part of the department’s National Police Week observance.