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PVPD hosts awards ceremony during National Police Week

Posted 5/16/24

In honor of National Police Week May 12–18, Paradise Valley Police Department held an awards ceremony and luncheon yesterday that was attended by about 60 people, including police staff, …

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PVPD hosts awards ceremony during National Police Week

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In honor of National Police Week May 12–18, Paradise Valley Police Department held an awards ceremony and luncheon yesterday that was attended by about 60 people, including police staff, volunteers and retired officers.

“This fantastic event allowed us to celebrate the great work of our police team as well as to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Chief Freeman Carney stated in a press release. “I am incredibly proud of our entire team for their unwavering dedication and professionalism. It is an honor to lead such a committed and selfless team, and I extend my deepest thanks to each one of them for their contributions to the safety and well-being of our community.”

There was an overwhelming response of gratitude from the retired officers as they have never been invited to something like this, according to Carney. Even those that couldn’t attend sent thank yous for the invitation.

One of the retirees in attendance was also part of the PV Marshals before it became a police department, so he talked about some of the history.

A value of the town is to have “Respect for Town Heritage.” Our retired officers are an integral part of that heritage and inviting them to this event was a sign of respect for their work as they paved the way for the success of our department, Carney wrote in the release.

As they work on PVPD’s wellness plan, Carney said he wants to make sure future retired officers and current retirees are a part of it. This is a step in achieving that vision. By having soon-to-be-retired officers as part of the wellness plan, it will help them with the transition of no longer being a police officer.

“I also want to make sure our retirees know that they are valued. I believe this approach will aid them in their transition while fulfilling our commitment to respecting our town heritage,” said Carney.

During the awards ceremony, the mayor and town manager congratulated the team on their exceptional work and recognized the award winners for their achievements. And after the awards ceremony, an ice cream social was held.