INFORMATION RELEASE

Subject: JPD Chief Issued “Of the Year Awards”
Date: 2020-09-19
From: Erann Kalwara - JPD PIO
Case or Incident: #
Summary:

Each year the Chief of Police requests nominations from staff in four different categories of public service at JPD. The Chief reviews the nominations and awards those employees who he feels exemplify JPD’s core values. The awardees serve as role models for the agency through their hard work, self-sacrifice, professionalism, and a commitment to the residents of the City and Borough of Juneau. We were unable to hold our typical awards ceremony this spring but we did have a few small gatherings this summer to recognize the following staff.

2019 Civilian of the Year – Ana Corcoran

Ana has worked for the CBJ since October of 2016 and transferred to JPD in April of 2019. With only eight months in her position last year working as a Law Enforcement Records Technician, Ana received many compliments and stood out with her great communication skills, ability to facilitate work with other agencies, helpfulness to others and her willingness to take care of tasks with a smile on her face.

2019 Dispatcher of the Year – Alyssa Storbeck

Alyssa moved to Juneau when her family was transferred here with the U.S. Coast Guard. She was hired as a Public Safety Dispatcher in October of 2016. She quickly became a skilled and positive team member and joined the ranks of our Communications Training Officers in 2019. Alyssa’s coworkers find her to be helpful, supportive and patient when working with new staff in the field and in the communications center.

Officer of the Year – Aron Landry

Aron Landry was a 20-year police veteran with the Salt Lake Police Department before moving to Juneau and starting his career at JPD in January of 2018. Aron soon became a Field Training Officer and is a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team. He is known around the department for being exceptionally thorough with case work, and being respectful and courteous during interactions with others. With a knack for balancing professionalism and approachability, we are delighted to have such an experienced and great officer chose to work at JPD.

Leader of the Year – Sergeant Chris Gifford

Sgt. Gifford started his law enforcement career in Hoonah in the late 1990s and came to JPD in August of 2000. About 11 years later, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He has supervised several units including a patrol team, the airport unit and investigations. Chris received several nominations and a common theme was his solid decision making, thoughtfulness by looking out for team members and willingness to jump into any task with both feet. One nomination stated “Chris is a confident and personable leader who isn’t above letting loose sometimes to the admiration of his staff.”

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