Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 7, 2014

Police recognize department's best

PPD names 2013 Officer of the Year, Professional Staff Employee of the Year

by Glenn Wohltmann

The Pleasanton Police Department has announced its two top workers for 2013.

Detective Matthew Lengel has been named Officer of the Year and Community Service Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker is Professional Staff Employee of the Year.

During 2013, Lengel was lead investigator, or otherwise involved, on every major investigation the department faced. He also contributed by participating as an instructor in the department's Citizens Police Academy, its Teen Academy and other community outreach programs.

According to police, Lengel "possesses an impeccable work ethic and has an inquisitive mind" that make him an excellent investigator.

Revel-Whitaker has been crime prevention community service officer since January 2007.

She devoted much of her time in 2013 to advancing the police department's community outreach efforts through social media, resulting in Facebook and Nixle followings of more than 4,000 people.

Revel-Whitaker was called a "standard bearer of integrity and character." She's helped create more enthusiastic participation in crime prevention activities and was instrumental in programs such as National Night Out, Neighborhood Watch and other community events.

Police department employees nominate peers each year for their contributions. Nominees are then reviewed by a committee, with the final selection made by the police chief as part of the department's recognition program for superior performance.

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