Beaverton's best honored
The Beaverton Police Department's 2017 Police Service Awards and Recognition Ceremony went to the dogs … and the humans who protect and serve in the city of Beaverton in a ceremony that took place Thursday, April 27, at 5 p.m. at the Southwest Bible Church in the main sanctuary. The BPD honored two citizens from the community in addition to officers and non-sworn members of the Beaverton Police Department and was open to the public.
Welcoming the more than 100 attendees to the ceremony was Beaverton Police Chief Jim Monger, followed by an invocation provided by Senior Chaplain Paul Olds.
Monger was then joined by Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle to present the awards.
Long-time BPD employees Sgt. James Shumway, Monger and Michelle Harrold were recipients of Service Recognition awards for 25, 30 and 30 years with the department, respectively.
One major highlight of the event was the appearance of the K-9 Team featuring BPD officers Anthony Bastinelli and K-9 Kahz; Robert Wolfe and K-9 Enzo; Brian Gaunt and K-9 Ike; Jered Lutu and K-9 Malietoa; and Matthew Barrington with K-9 Atlas. Bastinelli and Kahz received the K-9 Service Award and Doyle brought Kahz a Kong toy as a recognition of appreciation for the dog that logged 4,623 hours searching for drugs or suspects -- capturing 84 suspects. Kahz has been with the BPD since 2009, but is now retiring due to a heart condition.
In a sad turn of events, the following day, BPD retired K-9 Barak died at the age of 14.
"Over the course of the past few months, Barak's physical condition began to deteriorate. Officer Bewersdorff provided all he could to make Barak as completely comfortable as possible," Beaverton Police shared on social media.
Barak came to the BPD in 2004 and began training with Officer Michael Bewersdorff.
"They had a very successful career together that spanned nearly 10 years. They had a total of 2765 tracking calls where they conducted 505 tracks. Of those tracks, they had 187 captures, which is the record for captures at BPD, as well as a 37 percent deployment to capture rate. Also, they had 104 assist captures, 263 building searches, responded to 247 alarms and found 164 articles of evidence," Beaverton Police stated.
Barak was the BPD's second K-9 to be crossed-trained in narcotic detection. Barak responded to 127 drug search calls, had 147 alerts and 130 finds. Barak found $18,874 in drug money and located 2,792.4 grams of methamphetamine.
During the ceremony unit commendations went to the Beaverton Police Honor Guard that consists of Lt. Neil Stellingwerf, Sgt. Mayishna Sashayvich, Officer Rudolph Gottwald, Officer Amanda Pickar, Officer Pamela Yazzolino, Officer Matthew Reed, Officer Ryan Garbutt and Kevin Stich.
Citizen commendations were presented to Cody Kahler and Sophia Adams.
Medal of Valor recipients included Officer Derek Vuylsteke, Officer Charles Wujcik and Sgt. Aaron Oberst, followed by the Lifesaving Medal presented to Officer Jeremy Shaw.
DaNeshia Barkley, who was not present at the ceremony, earned the Distinguished Service Medal. Cadets accepted the award on her behalf.
Officer of the Year was presented to Officer Mandi DeFrain and Athena Payne was named Civilian Employee of the Year.
The awards ceremony was coordinated by Beaverton Police Public Information Officer Mike Rowe.