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June 5, 2018 > Optimists honor 2017 Police Officers of the Year

Optimists honor 2017 Police Officers of the Year

Submitted By Marla Blowers

On May 9, Optimists and guests gathered to honor three deserving police officers from Fremont, Union City, and Newark. The Newark Optimists have held this event for the past forty-seven years; it coincides with Optimist InternationalÕs Respect for Law Week when clubs throughout North America honor officers for this peer-generated honor.

The Honorable Mayor Lily Mei and Police Chief Richard Lucero praised Fremont PD Officer Jamil Roberts. Mei said Officer Roberts is a Òhometown man who is well deserving of this honor.Ó Chief Lucero said, ÒOfficer Roberts has worked hard over the past six years to refine his abilities to deal with offenders and the community at large. He is exemplary and admirable in all he does as an officer and displays Ônobility of what policing in our city is all about.ÕÓ

Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister spoke highly of his CityÕs honoree, Officer Joshua Yasicek. Officer Yasicek was not able to attend the event because he was in Washington, DC, as part of the Unity Tour, an event honoring officers fallen in the line of duty.

Traffic Officer Yasicek has ridden motors for the past two years and performs his job to Ôthe nth degree,Õ displaying energy, focus, and creativity. He greatly reduced the number of pedestrian/vehicle accidents in 2017. Along with training cadets and students at James Logan High School, he is active in the drug enforcement program. Sargent Jeff Stewart accepted Officer YasicekÕs plaque in his absence.

NewarkÕs City Manager, John Becker, introduced NewarkÕs Police Officer of the Year, Detective Adeceli ÒShelleyÓ Kovack and said she is an outstanding officer, a true ÒcopÕs cop.Ó Mr. Becker said ÒDetective Kovach is serving a second term as a detective working on Ôcrimes against personsÕ. She investigates robberies, sexual assaults, child and elder abuse cases, and other felony crimes.Ó She wears many hats in the department including Field Training Officer, CitizenÕs Police Academy Instructor, Community Policing Unit Team Member, Peer Trauma Support Team Member, and a Hostage Negotiator.

The Honorable Al Nagy said Detective Kovach is an asset to the whole department. She has closed thirty-three investigations and has the special ability to sit through hours of grueling interviews with citizens against whom terrible crimes have been committed. In closing, Mayor Nagy said Detective Kovach is Òpatient, firm and assertive when dealing with tough situations.Ó

Chief of Police, Mike Carroll, said, ÒAs a past recipient of this award, it validates our hard work.Ó He thanked the club for providing a platform for them to talk about their officers. Detective Kovach Òis an outstanding officer who never says ÔnoÕ to other officers in need of her help; she is incredible and awesome.Ó

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