Four Denver police officers have received the Citizens Appreciate Police (CAP) Award this year and will be honored with a Mayoral Certificate of Appreciation during an 11:00 am ceremony on Friday, December 20, 2013 in the Rotunda of the City and County Building.
Formed in 1978 by Mayor Bill McNichols and District Attorney Dale Tooley, CAP is a non-profit organization that recognizes Denver police officers that serve the public above and beyond the regular call of duty. Since inception, more than 200 officers have received the CAP award.
The CAP board, consisting of 16 citizen volunteers, meets four times a year to review nominations, select recipients, and present awards. Each award winner receives a pin that is worn on the officer's uniform and a plaque. Nominations for the CAP Award come primarily from letters to the Chief of Police from private citizens commending an officer for their actions while either on or off duty. To submit a nomination directly, letters may be sent to: Citizens Appreciate Police, 3921 Holly St, Denver, CO 80207, Attn: Renée Werner
This year's CAP Award winners are:
Officer Adriel Torres (00119) for a selfless act and demonstration of his professionalism and compassion, as it exemplifies the finest traditions of the Denver Police Department and its officers helping citizens in need. Earlier in the year District Two sergeants were flagged down by a citizen who told them of a small boy who was riding his bicycle next to the curb on Colorado Blvd. The child was uncommunicative and was placed in the patrol car. The sergeants were fortunate that his mother (Ms. Mendoza) saw their police vehicle and pulled up behind them to report that her son had been missing. She relayed that her son was autistic which explained the inability to communicate with him. Several days later, Officer Torres, was told the story of the child. Officer Torres, a Spanish speaker, contacted the mother and asked if she thought a wristband with her son’s information would be helpful should he wander away again. Ms. Mendoza responded that this would be helpful but she could not afford one. Officer Torres told Ms. Mendoza not to worry about the cost as the police department would assist with any expenses. The Autism Society suggested a bright blue wristband with a metal plate with the medical symbol and room for the child’s information. Officer Torres used his language skills and demonstrated true compassion in assisting a family in need. Should the child wander off again or find himself in a situation where police need to reunite him with his mother, this wristband will give emergency personnel the information they need to contact his mother.
Officer Daniel McIntosh (01077) while working made contact with an eight year old male and befriended him, taught him some basic football skills and was informed through conversation that he was without a bicycle. Officer McIntosh purchased and built a bicycle to present to the child. This demonstrates dedication and compassion that Denver Police Officers routinely perform.
Corporal Mark Hart (04032) responded to a call of a suicidal party. After tactfully interviewing the individual Cpl. Hart determined this gentleman was a veteran, and trained as a journeyman electrician’s assistant. He additionally concluded that this person was not suicidal, but just down on his luck and unemployed. Cpl. Hart provided this party with contact numbers for VA assistance. He then “went the extra mile” and called a contact at Wonderland Homes in Stapleton, who in turn called a few of his electrician subcontractors. One of the subcontractors was in desperate need of electricians and hired the veteran sight unseen. Due to his compassion and ability to solve a problem that would not necessarily be considered a traditional police issue, Cpl. Hart had a very positive effect on this citizen’s life. This individual instantly went from being contacted by police as a suicidal party, very depressed, frustrated and out of work, to someone employed in the profession he is trained for and well on his way to happier times. It is apparent Corporal Hart went well beyond the call of duty, gave great consideration to the well being of this citizen, and served the community in a way that allows for the entire department to be looked at in a favorable light.
Corporal Tim Scudder (98022) assisted a family with their eldest son who was a rebellious teenager. The family relayed “As most parents you try many different solutions to try and help you and your teenager get through the rough years successfully. So I sent my eldest son to Denver to live with his grandmother, my mother in northeastern Denver, when he was 14 years old. Well unfortunately my solution failed. My son ran away from my mother's home, and we didn't know where he was. My mom and I filed a runaway report, and Corporal Scudder along with some other officers, assisted our family in getting my son back here to San Diego. My eldest son will be 25 years old this year. And I thank and hold Corporal Scudder responsible for that. I really believe he helped save my son's life because my son befriended some non-law abiding people. I'm sure you hear enough negative things, so I wanted to make sure you heard some good things. To my family what corporal Scudder did 11 years ago, was providing a positive bridge between local enforcement and the community they serve to protect.”