Employee News - Police
Friday, May 27, 2011
Corporal Chris Broedell Receives Tequesta Police Officer of the Year Award during American Legion Ceremony
This past Saturday evening, May 21, 2011, four agencies were represented at the American Legion’s Annual Officer of the Year Award program.
Tequesta is proud to announce Corporal Chris Broedell received the Village of Tequesta Officer of the Year Award. Tequesta boasted the largest attendance with forty-one guests including Vice-Mayor Arena and Council Member Humpage.
Officer Raymond Korkowski Nominated for "Heroes of the Highway D.U.I. Award"
Officer Raymond Korkowski was nominated to compete for the Heroes of the Highway D.U.I. Award 2010. Officer Korkowski, his family and I traveled to Orlando Florida for an awards banquets which recognized officers from all around the State of Florida. Unfortunately, Officer Korkowski did not win the award, however he was recognized in front of hundreds of officer, their families and Florida State government officials for his hard work and dedication to keeping the streets in Florida safe from intoxicated drivers. Below is Officer Korkowski’s nomination letter that was submitted by Sgt. Smolen
Officer Korkowski has been a valuable asset to the Tequesta Police Department serving the citizens of Tequesta for approximately four years in various functions throughout the agency. Officer Korkowski is to be commended for his diligence to, and his high level of traffic enforcement for the safety of the citizens of Tequesta and all who use our roadways.
Traffic concerns and issues continue to be of top priority to our nation, as well no different in Palm Beach County, Florida. It is a demanding and strenuous position.
Aside from this, in 2010 Officer Korkowski’s traffic enforcement resulted in, 121 traffic citations, numerous written parking and/or traffic warnings recording 3,448 calls for service, 26 total arrests, 5 of which were DUI, as well as an abundance of other verbal warnings not requiring a citation or arrest. His outstanding performance should not go unrecognized. It certainly does not within the Tequesta Police Department, and the citizens alike of Tequesta. For the reasons mentioned, it is with pleasure that I submit Officer Korkowski for the Heroes of the Highway D.U.I. Award 2010.
Cpl.'s Cooper and Lally Promoted to Sergeant
Tequesta officer David Cooper was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on March 13, 2011.
Sgt. Cooper was hired by the Village of Tequesta in 2005 as a part time Code Enforcement Officer and later that year was promoted to full time. He was hired as a Police Officer Trainee in 2006 and completed the Police Academy that same year. Sgt. Cooper brings a positive attitude and a strong belief in community involvement and teamwork to his new endeavor.
Sgt Cooper is a family-man who has been married almost 18 years to his beautiful wife and is the father of one beautiful Daughter.
On March 2, 2011, Cpl. Max Lally was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Sgt. Lally has been with the agency since October of 2007 and has worked his way up the ranks from patrol officer to a Corporal/FTO and now to a sergeant of the midnight shift. In addition, Sgt. Lally is a member of the Marine Unit (Police Boat Operator) and the Honor Guard.
Sgt Lally is an avid fisher, boater, scuba diver and enjoys the outdoors. Sgt. Lally prides himself on his leadership, communication skills and teamwork.
Congratulations Sgt’s Cooper and Lally.
Jason Turner Promoted to Lt.
Long term Tequesta officer Jason Turner was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on January 17, 2011. The promotion followed a lengthy testing process which included an oral board and a 5,000 word essay from each applicant.
Lt. Turner completed the Police Academy in 1996 and was hired by the Tequesta Police Department in October 1998. Lt. Turner brings to the position a positive and outgoing attitude and is excited to open the next chapter in his law enforcement career. Jason welcomes the opportunity to “bring a new type of leadership to our agency.”
Wih leadership a top goal, he looks forward to helping move the department to the next generation of policing.
Lt. Turner holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and previously served in the US Navy on active duty and as an Army National Guard Reservist. He is a family-man who has been married 15 years and is the father of two children.
Reserve Officer Hired Full Time
Officer Diane Astrella began her law enforcement career 11 months ago in Tequesta as part of the Reserve Officer Program approved by Council in December 2009. Diane applied and was accepted as one of five (5) officers into the program and held this position until being hired full-time this month. Officer Astrella attributes her inspiration to enter law enforcement to her Aunt who worked in a special crimes unit as well as with troubled juveniles. She grew up admiring her Aunt’s work and dedication to her profession.
As a new officer, Diane’s vision and goal is to get to know the Village residents better and to participate in Village sponsored events.
The Tequesta Police Department looked outside of the box for ways to combat the increasing workload. The Reserve program was created to supplement and support current law enforcement efforts while reducing the burden on the Village’s budget.
All officers entering the Reserve Program must have completed the law enforcement academy and passed the state exam. Officer Astrella described her academy experience as “psychologically and physically demanding. There was a lot of studying involved; exams at least once a week and strenuous work out routines .”
Once a candidate has been accepted into the Reserve Program, they must complete the Village’s challenging Field Training Officer (FTO) program which consists of an additional 624 hours of officer training.
The Village’s Reserve Officers have full law enforcement authority and are tasked with the same responsibilities as a full-time officer, however are only compensated when they are called in to work. Reserve Officers are assigned to cover short shifts, perform duties related to special events, fill in when full-time officers are on vacation and during times of known high peak volume calls for service.
Officer Astrella championed the Reserve Program as a good way to get your foot in the door. It allows new officers the ability to receive the training and experience necessary to maintain their active law enforcement certificates.
Two other officers, Officer Hioshi and Officer Alvarez who began their law enforcement careers in the Tequesta Reserve program were recently hired into full time positions by other police agencies.