Jan 8, 2020
Denver– Wednesday, January 8, 2020 – Today, the nonprofit organization Citizens Appreciate Police (CAP) recognized four Denver Police officers who demonstrated extraordinary kindness and compassion in helping people in our community. Formed in 1978 by Mayor Bill McNichols and District Attorney Dale Tooley, CAP is a nonprofit organization that recognizes Denver Police officers who serve the public above the regular call of duty. Since its inception, more than 400 officers have received the CAP award.
“The Citizens Appreciate Police Board is honored to recognize the men and women of the Denver Police Department who go above and beyond the call of duty. DPD officers routinely show compassion, empathy and kindness to the residents they serve, and we believe that deserves special recognition,” President of CAP, Deborah O’Neill.
Today’s CAP Award honorees were:
Sergeant Greg Campbell
Officer Katie Allen
Officers Allen and Haskell made numerous calls to help find a shelter for the family, and meanwhile, escorted the family to a gas station, where the officers purchased them a full tank of gas, and then took the family to a restaurant, where they bought dinner for the entire family. The officers’ persistence paid off when a homeless outreach specialist from the City and County of Denver called back with resources for the family.
Officer Marisa Willcockson
However, in early September, Kayla’s mom was experiencing health issues and had to cancel the birthday party. When Officer Willcockson learned about this, she sprang into action planning an impromptu birthday party for Kayla – even purchasing party decorations and a few presents for the young gal. Officer Willcockson also arranged for an on-duty officer to stop by so that Kayla could check out a real police car. The party not only brightened up Kayla and her family's day, but it reinforced her desire to become a police officer in the future.
“For police officers, acts of service come in many forms,” said Denver Chief of Police Paul M. Pazen. “Whether addressing dangerous situations, assisting residents in difficult times, or making the extra effort to put a smile on someone’s face, I am extremely proud of our officers’ actions in making our city a better place every day. Congratulations to these deserving officers.”
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. Community members wishing to commend an officer for their actions, either on or off duty, can send a nomination letter to: Citizens Appreciate Police, 1331 Cherokee St. Room 202, Denver, CO 80204. Nominations can also be emailed directly to the CAP Board at CAPBoardDenver@gmail.com.