Awards and Accomplishments
Officer of the Year (2015)
Officer Jesse Snyder was honored with the “Officer of the Year” Award from the Klamath Falls Exchange Club. Officer Snyder began his career with the Klamath Falls Police Department as a Reserve Officer in 2011. After a short time as a Reserve Officer, he was hired full time at the department in 2012. He quickly proved himself to be a valuable employee and committed servant to the residents of Klamath Falls.
In just three years, Officer Snyder’s leadership qualities quickly emerged and were apparent. He has an incredible work ethic and “can do” attitude. He routinely accept additional work assignments…often without being asked.
Since the beginning of this year alone, Officer Snyder has responded to over 1,800 calls for service, and has arrested over 80 people who have victimized Klamath residents. To put that in perspective, he has responded to over 200 calls for service every month…and that does not account for any time they were away from work for training or time off.
Officer Snyder continuously strives for self-improvement, and seeks to advance their knowledge, skills and abilities. He successfully completed the Klamath Falls SWAT team tryouts in 2014 by completing a grueling obstacle course and interview process. He recently completed probationary SWAT status in August 2015, and has shown a great deal of dedication and commitment to his fellow SWAT members.
Officer Snyder cares deeply about our community and works hard to make Klamath Falls a place where people are proud to live, work and raise families without fear of crime.
Reserve Officer of the Year (2015)
Reserve Officer Robert Mulcare was awarded the “Reserve Officer of the Year” Award from the Klamath Falls Exchange Club. Res. Ofc. Mulcare started with our department in September of 2013 as an Explorer Cadet. In January of 2015 he was accepted to our Reserve Program and since then has volunteer numerous hours with the department and Klamath Falls community.
Res. Ofc. Mulcare always displays a positive attitude and is always eager and willing to help others. He is well respected by his peers and supervisors and has an infectiously friendly attitude. Res. Ofc. Mulcare often receives praise from community members after participating in community events and programs. He will tackle any task without hesitation and continually strives to learn more about the law enforcement profession. He is a valued member of our department and we look forward to seeing what he will accomplish in his future law enforcement career.
Medal of Merit
Sergeant Aaron Thomas received the Klamath Falls Police Department Medal of Merit for exceptionally meritorious achievement and service while serving as a Klamath Falls Police Department canine handler and Canine Program Manager. In 2002, Sergeant Thomas began as a canine handler and in 2004, started the Klamath Falls Police Canine Association as a means to provide and support a valuable service to the Klamath Falls community. Since 2004, the Canine Association has raised over $150,000 and helped purchase seven police canines for the Klamath Falls Police Department. During Sergeant Thomas’ career, he has worked with two canine partners, been deployed over 1,500 times, tracked and located 72 felony suspects and seized nearly 150 pounds of illegal drugs. Twice in 2003, Sergeant Thomas and his canine partner were credited with saving two lives. Sergeant Thomas and Sirus were deployed to track individuals who fled from crime scenes and would have likely perished if not located. To enhance and promote positive relationships with our community, Sergeant Thomas created a video of the Canine Program and developed trading cards for each canine team. Sergeant Thomas’ initiative, leadership, and dedication to service has made a significant impact on our department and the Klamath Falls community.
Life Saving Award
Officer Paul Johnson received the Klamath Falls Police Department Life Saving Award for exceptionally swift and decisive performance while saving the life of a man on March 20, 2015. Officer Johnson responded to a report of a suicidal male on the viaduct bridge at South 6th Street. The male was straddling the rail approximately thirty-five feet above the train tracks. As Officer Johnson approached the man Officer Johnson saw the man briefly look away. Officer Johnson took the momentary opportunity to quickly control of the man to keep him from falling, or jumping, from the bridge. Officer Johnson and Reserve Officer Bowen, forcefully overcame the man and pulled him back over the guard rail to the safety of the bridge. Officer Johnson’s decisive actions and exceptional performance resulted in saving the life of a suicidal man.
Reserve Officer Dane Bowen received the Klamath Falls Police Department Life Saving Award for exceptionally swift and decisive performance while saving the life of a man on March 20, 2015. Reserve Officer Bowen responded to a report of a suicidal male on the viaduct bridge at South 6th Street. The male was straddling the rail approximately thirty-five feet above the train tracks. As Reserve Officer Bowen approached the man from the back Officer Johnson saw the man briefly look away. Reserve Officer Bowen and Officer Johnson took the momentary opportunity to quickly control of the man to keep him from falling, or jumping, from the bridge. Reserve Officer Bowen and Officer Johnson, forcefully overcame the man and pulled him back over the guard rail to the safety of the bridge.
Officer Terry Amos received a department challenge coin for exceptional service and empathy while handling a call for service. Recognizing that every citizen deserves the best service, and every call from a citizen is important, Officer Amos showed empathy and compassion to an elderly woman who reported her mailbox had been stolen. Unable to locate the mailbox, the elderly women indicated she was going to purchase another mailbox, and Officer Amos cleared. Officer Amos returned later that week to check on the elderly women. Officer Amos recognized the elderly women did not have the required parts to install the new mailbox. Officer Amos, while off duty, fabricated a part at his home that would allow for him to install the mailbox. Officer Amos then went to the elderly women’s home, again off duty, and installed her mailbox. Officer Amos’ desire to provide excellent service to the citizens of this City brings credit on himself and the City of Klamath Falls Police Department.
Officer Jeff Hutcheson received the Klamath Falls Police Department Challenge Coin for exceptional achievement while designing and developing the City of Klamath Falls Police Department patrol hats. Recognizing the need to provide equipment that would protect officers from the sun and inclement weather, Officer Hutcheson designed and developed department hats that were functional, professional and projected a positive department image. The hats will enhance the efficiency of our department by protecting officers working for long periods of time in various outdoor conditions.