Every year in May, the San Angelo Police Department honors their employees and volunteers who best exemplify the spirit of public service and outstanding service to the organization during the past year.
Aside from thirteen awards categories, Chief's Special Awards are given to those who, because of their extra effort or participation, have made the mission of the San Angelo Police Department more attainable.
In early spring, employees are invited to nominate fellow co-workers for consideration in each respective category. After the nomination deadline, the Department's Meritorious Conduct Board meets to discuss the nominees before selecting the winners.
This year's awards recipients are:
? Patrol Supervisor of the Year: Sergeant Matthew Vaughn
? Patrol Officer of the Year: Officer Keith Lane
? Rookie of the Year: Officer Charles Flores
? Investigative Supervisor of the Year: Sergeant Doug Thomas
? Investigator of the Year: Detective Lynn Dye
? Support Services Supervisor of the Year: Records Supervisor, Charla Medley
? Support Services Officer of the Year: Officer Dave Olson
? Civilian Employee of the Year: IT Systems Analyst, John Welch
? Communications Officer of the Year: Eric Bryan
? Community Service Award: Detective Irma Rodriguez
? Reserve/Retiree Officer of the Year: Officer John Palmer
? Volunteer of the Year: Police Chaplain Scott Cotton
? Overall Officer of the Year: Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant, Doug Thomas
? Chief's Special Awards: Records Clerk, Jo Bascom and IT Network Administrator, James Gore
- V.I.P.S. Member Ernest Cano in recognition for 20 years and over 3,000 hours volunteering
The San Angelo Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying the suspect from the robbery that occurred at Allsup's located at 514 N Main. The robbery occurred at approximately 2:46 am on May 8, 2015. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his mid twenties about 5?10?, 150 pounds, with short hair.
If you have any information about the identity of the suspect, please call Detective Lynn Dye at 325-657-4322. To remain anonymous, send a web tip to http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or call the 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. You can also text your tips, text TIP SAPD followed by your message, to 888777.
At approximately 12:43 am on May 11, 2015, Police responded to 1601 S Bryant at the Best Value Inn for a Robbery. When Police arrived, the suspect had already left the scene.
Officers made contact with the clerk working the front desk. The clerk stated a Hispanic male with a shaved head and wearing a dark colored polo shirt stated he wanted to get a room. While the clerk was busy the male suspect exhibited a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. The male suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and got into a dark colored passenger car.
It is unknown at this time if this robbery is related to the robbery that occurred on May 8, 2015 at the Allsup's located at 514 N Main.
If you have any information about this incident or the suspect, please call Detective James Hernandez at 325-659-8015. To remain anonymous, send a web tip to http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or call the 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. You can also text your tips, text TIP SAPD followed by your message, to 888777.
A twenty-seven year old San Angelo man was rescued from a burning vehicle early Mother's Day morning by one of San Angelo's Police Sergeants.
Just before 12:30 a.m. this morning, Sgt. Daniel Williams was on patrol when he heard dispatch broadcast a call about a vehicle fire at 16th and Magdalen Streets. Sgt. Williams responded and located a 1998 Plymouth Breeze stopped at the stop sign. The vehicle's passenger compartment was filled with smoke and flames were coming from the engine area.
Sgt. Williams retrieved his fire extinguisher and quickly approached the vehicle when he heard a witness say they were not sure if anyone was inside the car. When Sgt. Williams reached the vehicle, he observed an arm hanging from the driver's side window. The driver, later identified as Richard Montanez, did not respond to Sgt. Williams? calls.
Sgt. Williams entered the vehicle, observed flames emitting from the floorboard around Montanez's feet, and pulled Montanez to safety. Sgt. Williams then returned to the burning vehicle to see if any additional occupants were trapped, but no one else was inside.
A witness who called 9-1-1 told police she observed Montanez's vehicle stopped at the stop sign for about an hour before she heard the vehicle's engine rev for several minutes followed by a pop, then smoke and flames.
A disoriented Montanez later told police he was not aware of any vehicle issues that would have started the fire. Montanez was released to the care of a family member who was called to the scene.
San Angelo Fire Marshal Steppe was called to the scene to conduct an origin and cause investigation.
"I'm proud of Sgt. Williams' selfless act. Because he put himself in a dangerous situation, Mr. Montanez survived. We will investigate why the vehicle was at the stop sign for one hour. I'm glad everyone is safe.? ? Tim Vasquez, Police Chief
On Monday May 11, 2015 at 10:00 am, a Flag Raising Ceremony will be held at the San Angelo Police Department to begin Police Memorial Week. This Ceremony is open to the public and will take place at the flag poles on the west side of the Police Department.
Immediately following the Flag Raising Ceremony, the San Angelo Police Department will welcome and swear in Sam Hunnicutt as a Police Chaplain. Sam Hunnicutt worked as a Police Officer in Bonham, TX from 1979-1983 and in McAllen, TX from 1983-1993. He then went on to attend Seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky where he graduated in 1996. Since his graduation he has been a pastor at various United Methodist Churches across southeast Texas. He is currently the Senior Pastor for the First United Methodist Church of San Angelo.