April 19, 2018
Contact: Officer Mike Wood, PIO
Today five Pensacola Police Officers and one civilian were presented with awards during a ceremony at City Hall. They were selected to receive the awards by
their peers and Chief Tommi Lyter for outstanding service to the department, and to the community.
Detective Lisa Alverson, PPD Officer of the Year for 2018
Detective Lisa Alverson has been named PPD Officer of the Year for 2018.
She also recently was presented a Meritorious Service Award for outstanding achievement in the line of duty in finding the person who murdered a woman in her driveway in February 2013.
The case took many twists and turns over the course of the investigation and eventually went cold; however, Detective Alverson’s perseverance and determination paid off in June 2017 when the suspect was finally arrested.
During the six years she has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, Detective Alverson has participated in major investigations and also has been instrumental in assisting her peers as a mentor, usually without self-recognition. Here are just a few examples of her work:
- In December 2017, she was instrumental in arresting a man wanted in connection with 32 burglaries that had occurred in the North Hill area. Throughout the investigation, she relentlessly pursued information on the suspect, even when investigative strategies and operations were not always successful.
- In June 2017, she was recognized by the department for her participation in “Operation Undertow,” which netted multiple arrests of men who traveled with the intent to have sex with children.
- She has served for several years as a member of the department’s Child Abduction Response Team. In June 2017, she helped the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement search for a missing/abducted juvenile who unfortunately had been murdered. She was later recognized by the FDLE for her participation in that investigation.
- In May 2017, she assisted another detective investigating a grand theft and credit card fraud. She was not only able to elicit a confession from the suspect for that case, but during the investigation, it was determined the same suspect was responsible for a number of violent armed robberies outside city jurisdiction. One again, she interviewed the suspect and the confession she was able to get was instrumental in solving the case.
- Perhaps her most notable effort of 2017 occurred in June when her tenacity paid off on a cold case homicide from 2013. Detective Alverson repeatedly investigated leads as they occurred throughout the years in this case. Although she believed she knew the suspect had murdered his girlfriend, she had insufficient evidence to charge him. She was finally able to arrest the suspect on June 6, 2017 after finding a witness who had previously been afraid to talk to police because of safety concerns for his family.
Lt. Stephen Bauer, 2018 Chief's Award
No matter what is asked of him – nor when – Lt. Stephen Bauer has always answered the call, met the goal and usually gone beyond expectations. For example, this year he was the coordinator for the first Pensacola’s Finest 5K, which brought in just under $6,500 for the American Cancer Society as part of the Relay for Life. He recruited volunteers to do everything from handing out run packets and doing registration to manning intersections and water stations, sought donors/sponsors for food, shirts, etc. for participants, and then participated in the run as part of the PPD Team. Once the run ended, he saw that leftover food was donated to a church that was serving breakfast to the homeless that morning.
Last year he was the team captain for Team Pensacola Police during the department’s participation in the Relay for Life, which raised approximately $7,100 for the American Cancer Society. He spent many hours getting volunteers, challenging people to donate just a bit more once one monetary goal was met and it looked like they could reach another, setting up and taking down equipment at the walk, etc.
This makes approximately $13,600 Lieutenant Bauer has been instrumental in raising for the American Cancer Society within just about a year.
Because of his outstanding dedication to the community and the department, Lieutenant Stephen Bauer was presented the Chief’s Award.
Sgt. Jamie Briarton, 2018 Chief's Award
As if working as the Pensacola Police Department’s Fleet Manager and Special Events Coordinator weren’t enough, Sergeant Jamie Briarton often is tasked with pulling together a variety of projects.
Recently, he was a major organizer of the Guns and Hoses BBQ Contest and Kickball Tournament at Community Maritime Park. He also secured donors and devoted many hours above and beyond regular duties to ensure the event was a success. Last year, Sergeant Briarton also organized a charity softball tournament and was able to get three additional public safety agencies to participate plus secure more than 40 sponsors. Proceeds from that event went to the Rally Foundation for childhood cancer research.
Because of his outstanding and extended service to the department and to the public, Sergeant Jamie Briarton was presented the Chief’s Award.
Officer Pearce Baker, 2018 Chief's Award
Officer Pearce Baker’s assignments during his career at the Pensacola Police Department have molded him into the officer he is today. But most recently, his assignment to the Operational Support Division have helped make him the “go to guy” for many within the department.
Not only is he responsible for such regular duties as tax/wrecker inspections, managing on-line reports, managing the two speed trailers, and attending various events within the community, but also he goes above and beyond his regular duties to help organize special events, secure donors and then devote many hours to ensure events are a success.
Officer David Patrick, 2018 Chief's Award
Since becoming a Pensacola Police officer in October 2011, David Partrick has repeatedly demonstrated his capabilities and interest in helping others. Not only has he been assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division, but also he currently is a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division plus is an active member of the SWAT team. Yet Detective Partrick still finds time to reach out into the community and help others.
For example, he has helped collect food donations for Manna Food Bank, mentors a child through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, volunteers through his church to coach basketball and provide fellowship/guidance to members, feeds the homeless through a church program, and uses funds from a Christian clothing line he owns to help disabled children enjoy the outdoors.
Because of his outstanding dedication to the community and to the department, Detective David Partrick was presented the Chief’s Award.
Jennifer Patrick, 2018 Citizen's Award
Patrick's wife Jennifer also was presented a Citizen's Award for support and participation in community projects such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, volunteering with numerous projects at her church, feeding the homeless through a church program, and supporting the Pensacola Police Department's community outreach efforts.