Dec 12, 2016
Denver, CO – Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock today presented Mayoral Certificates of Appreciation to 12 Denver Police officers who received 2016 Citizens Appreciate Police (CAP) Awards recognizing their exceptional service to the Denver community.
“Our officers go above and beyond the call of duty each and every day,” Mayor Hancock said. “They have some of the most difficult jobs out there, and today’s ceremony is an opportunity for all of us to take a moment and acknowledge some of the brave, compassionate and dedicated individuals who commit themselves to serving our community.”
Formed in 1978 by Mayor Bill McNichols and District Attorney Dale Tooley, CAP is a nonprofit organization that recognizes Denver police officers that serve the public above and beyond the regular call of duty. Since its 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 officers for their actions while either on or off duty.
“I am extremely proud of these officers for their extra effort in making real, positive impacts on the lives people in our community,” said Denver Chief of Police Robert C. White. “And these stories are just the tip of the iceberg, as I know officers are performing generous, compassionate acts like this every day.”
The CAP Award recipients are:
Officer Adam Foisy
District 6 Officer Adam Foisy responded to a report of a young child running in the street and flagging down cars in the area of Colfax Avenue and Broadway Street. When Officer Foisy arrived on scene, he contacted an 11-year-old boy. The good officer called the young man’s mom, and then loaded him in his cruiser to give him a ride home.
During that ride, Officer Foisy just chatted with him, learning that he was having some trouble at home, but really wants to be a professional basketball player when he grows up. Officer Foisy advised him that the best way to become a professional basketball player was to practice, stay focused, and stay out of trouble. It was at this point that the officer learned that the young man did not even have a basketball.
Wanting to encourage the young man stay on the right path, Officer Foisy gave him a new basketball to practice with, collected gift cards allowing him to buy new school clothes, and got him a scholarship to the Carey Basketball Camp, run by the coaches of a local high school. And if that weren’t enough, Officer Foisy also collected additional funds that were donated to the camp in the young man’s name.
Corporal James Costigan
Officer Ana Munoz
Officer Ryan Phillips
These officers were on proactive patrol when they saw a suspicious vehicle from out of state. The vehicle was parked and running and officers could see that it was occupied by multiple people. Inside the vehicle were three children and one adult. The adult did not speak English, but Officer Munoz, who speaks Spanish, was able to communicate with him. The man explained that he and his family moved to Denver from Texas to find work. The family made arrangements to stay with extended family until they found a place of their own, but once he and his children got to Denver, their family rescinded their promise and his wife left him alone with the children. Because of this, he and his children had been living out of the vehicle.
The man was able to find work and got his 5, 10 and 15-year-old children enrolled in school, but since he had not been paid yet, he was unable to obtain housing. Officer Munoz tried to obtain shelter for the family, but none were available that could accommodate all four of them. Wanting to help this family, Corporal Costigan provided gas for the family’s vehicle so the man could continue to make it to work. Officer Phillips helped pay for a two-night stay at a hotel, and Officer Munoz arranged for a $60 gift card from McCoy’s restaurant.
Officer Benjamin Austin
Officer Manuel Gomez
Officer Brett Lane
Denver Police District 1 Officer Brett Lane was dispatched to the 2100 block of W. 40th Avenue on a report of a theft. The complainant was an 89-year-old military veteran named Fred. Fred explained to Officer Lane that his lawn mower was missing and suspected the neighbor’s grandson. Officer Lane talked with Fred then took a look around and found two broken down mowers in the severely overgrown lawn. The officer took a report, then contacted Officer Ben Austin and Officer Manuel Gomez. Together, the three officers responded back to Fred’s home after the end of their shifts. With their personal lawn mowers and trimmers in tow, the three officers cut down the three-foot tall weeds, and brought Fred’s yard back to a manageable state in just three short hours. Now, Fred has new mower, and thanks to the officers’ help, he can better manage his lawn.
Officer David Briggs
Officer Ismael Lopez
Officer Steven Seidel
These three officers responded to a convenience store in the 1300 block of W. Colfax Avenue on a welfare check. The caller explained that he saw a woman with two small children sleeping on the concrete in front of the convenience store without a blanket. The officers contacted the woman, who we’ll call Trina. Trina, who was with her 5-year-old and 4-year-old children, explained that her husband and their two-year-old son were stranded in Lakewood after their minivan broke down. Trina and her family had been living out of the minivan and were left stranded when it broke down. After unsuccessful attempts to find the family a shelter, the officers decided to take the generous route. The three officers pooled their own personal funds together and placed the family in a hotel in the 2600 block of Zuni Street. If that weren’t enough, the officers bought the family dinner and even located Trina’s husband and other son and transported them to the hotel to be reunited with their kin.
Corporal Jason Burton
Officer David Felts
Corporal Burton and Officer Felts responded to a convenience store in the 200 block of South Broadway on a report of an unwanted party in the area. They met a transient man named Walter. The axles on Walter’s bike cart broke and he had unpacked all his belongings in the parking lot. The officers asked if a shopping cart would be a sufficient replacement for the bike cart, but Walter said no. So, the officers took the broken axle to a nearby bike shop and matched it with two replacement axles. They then replaced the axles and secured the wheels. Walter packed his things back into his bike cart and left the lot – happily.
To submit a nomination directly, letters may be sent to: Citizens Appreciate Police, 1331 Cherokee St, Denver, CO 80204, Attn: Chief of Police Office.