DANVILLE — Police officers here were recognized last week by Town Council President Marcia Lynch, for their hard work in handling a difficult situation. The accomplishments of the officers were presented to the board by Chief Bill Wright.
Support Services Officer Matthew Oliphant, Officer Nate Lien, Sergeant Shawn Rout, and Officer Richard Winn encountered what first started out as a parking complaint but quickly escalated.
“Several of our enforcement staff went there because the initial officers on the scene smelled what they believed was marijuana coming from a residence … there were quite a few subjects there to deal with so we had multiple officers arrive to contain the situation,” Rout said.
Wright added, “They were running off the merchants’ customers (in Danville), so by going and getting them out of there, it’s helped the business. There was an individual that wasn’t happy to see the police. He was screaming and striking officers … and the officers handled it very professionally.”
Lynch presented the officers with a certificate of appreciation.
“We have a terrific police department and we want to take every opportunity we can to show that to the public,” she said. “We’ve got good leadership in place and we’re just thrilled with the way things are going.”
Wright also recognized Lien for completing his field training program and Oliphant for taking on the new computer system.
“We had to have new computers put in our entire county and he was taking it on his shoulders; he had taken on installation, software, he even went to other agencies and taught them how to use this program,” Wright said. “We’d be lost without him doing that.”
Oliphant added, “We got rid of the old system and we had to train for the new system, we put new computers in our cars too. It’s going to be a good tool for the citizens too.”