2014 Colorado State Patrol Annual Awards
The members of the Colorado State Patrol work hard to serve and protect the citizens of Colorado every day. Each year, the Colorado State Patrol acknowledges some of these individuals and their efforts. Through a peer nomination process, the following members are recognized for demonstrating outstanding work performance, initiative, leadership, character, integrity, and whose actions or performance significantly exceeded expectations as they exemplified the State Patrol's Core Values of Honor, Duty, and Respect.
CORPORAL JEREMIAH FENSKE
2014 Trooper of the Year
His performance in 2014 was exemplary. He holds himself to a very high standard and his level of proactive work serves as an example to other team members. In addition to motivating and leading troopers on the road, he has devoted himself to improving the skills and motivation of coworkers. He designed and implemented a robust reality based training (RBT) program that has helped improve and refine officer safety skills of all members of the troop. He served as a primary Field Training Officer during the last FTO cycle and assisted with restructuring and improving the local FTO process. His insight and understanding of the training process lent to a very successful program that improved what has been done in the past and will serve as a model at the local level for future training cycles.
One of his passions is criminal interdiction and it was apparent throughout the year that other troopers are beginning to follow his lead, as Troop 4A had its best year in recent memory with regard to interdiction efforts. He initiated or directly assisted with several large seizures of narcotics and bulk cash. Drawing on his professional experience and the great relationships he has developed and maintained with external partners at various federal agencies, he is able to provide guidance, assistance and training to our members in conducting professional investigations. He participated in a formal mentorship process and continues to show the traits and skills necessary to be a very successful first line supervisor. He is proactive and able to identify potential issues or problems before they occur and always has a solution. He has provided supplemental training and direct oversight to several troopers who were identified as having deficiencies in very different aspects of the job. He has built a high level of trust and respect among the troopers that allows him to work with them individually to make any changes necessary.
For demonstrating outstanding work performance, initiative, leadership, character, integrity, and whose actions and performance significantly exceeded expectations as they exemplified the State Patrol’s Core Values of Honor, Duty, and Respect, we recognize Trooper Fenske as the 2014 Trooper of the Year.
MR. WILLIAM DONAGHY
2014 Port of Entry Officer of the Year
The Port of Entry Officer of the Year shows outstanding initiative in the performance of his daily activities and dedication to the Department of Public Safety. He has been an instructor for two years as well as mentoring multiple new inspectors with their practical’s to qualify for Level I (one) Safety. He placed 2nd in the Colorado Motor Carriers Association Inspector Challenge in 2014 and is currently Level VI (six) certified. He also volunteers for many extra assignments including judging at the CMCA Rodeo for the past two years and creating PowerPoint presentations for teaching industry safety classes to drivers and mechanics in the areas of logbooks, mechanical, hazmat markings, labeling, placarding, shipping papers and load securement.
Recently, he identified a need for training at the Port of Entry in the proper documentation of expense reports and leave requests. As a result he created PowerPoint presentations to use for teaching at the district staff meeting. He also teaches classes at the academy including computer procedure I & II, Overweight’s, Introduction to forms, time sheets, registrations, port runners and revocable permits. One of his passions is teaching, he has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with endorsements in math and science.
In August, 2014 he became a Field Training Officer for Port of Entry Cadets and works with internal and external customers at every opportunity.
He is a member of the Ft Morgan mobile unit and works all over the state assisting CDOT with superloads, and focusing on crash corridors such as Weld County. He is an asset to the Ft Morgan Port of Entry, the Department of Public Safety and the industry that he serves with unwavering dedication.
For demonstrating outstanding work performance, initiative, leadership, character, integrity, and whose actions and performance significantly exceeded expectations as they exemplified the State Patrol’s Core Values of Honor, Duty, and Respect, we recognize Officer Scott Donaghy as the 2014 Port of Entry Officer of the Year.
MS. JENNIFER FRIGETTO
2014 Communication Officer of the Year
The Communication Officer of the Year has been a member of the Colorado State Patrol for 8 years, beginning her career in the Montrose Center on November 6, 2006. She exemplifies our Core Values of Honor, Duty and Respect through her dedication to her team, customer service and approach to problem solving.
She has been nominated as a result of her dedication and significant contributions. She serves the Montrose Center as an Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) instructor and ensures that the EMD workbooks are all rated and completed in a timely fashion. She created a new EMD scoring/practice sheet to be used throughout the Colorado State Patrol Communication Branch EMD program. This sheet is practical and useful for all EMD calls and allows for immediate feedback to the EMD call taker.
She has been recognized on several occasions for her dispatch capabilities. She is consistently used as or considered an example of performing duties in an efficient and effective manner and enhances the image of the department.
She serves the Montrose Center as a Communication Training Officer. Although she was not able to train this year she assisted with updating the training program for local areas, operations, and the new P1 CAD system. The new applicants came and sat with her and they all came away feeling as if they understood the basic job responsibilities.
She is also responsible for the Montrose Center Employee Fund. She manages the accounts payable and receivable.
She is currently on the graveyard shift, and while on the radio she also takes time to clean up the center and decorate it for the holidays. She frequently offers assistance to her peers and supervision with completing tasks. Her attention to detail makes her an asset to internal and external customers. Her willingness to promote teamwork contributes to a positive working environment, and her dedication to duty and alignment with our Core Values makes her a very valuable asset to the Montrose Center and to the Colorado State Patrol.
For demonstrating outstanding work performance, initiative, leadership, character, integrity, and whose actions and performance significantly exceeded expectations as they exemplified the State Patrol’s Core Values of Honor, Duty, and Respect, we recognize Communication Officer Jennifer Frigetto as the 2014 Communication Officer of the Year.
MS. MARY KYLER
2014 Civilian Employee of the Year
In 2011, the Command Staff of the Colorado State Patrol made the decision to seek CALEA accreditation for the agency. This person was selected to lead these efforts as the agency’s Accreditation Coordinator. She spent copious hours researching, planning and directing the efforts needed to achieve this goal.
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is the foremost organization for accrediting Law Enforcement Agencies. The standards set forth are numerous and require an agency to examine every aspect of its operation to help ensure that the agency is in line with judicial precedence and best practices. The process involves taking each standard and ensuring agency policy properly covers the requirement as well as documenting the agency’s compliance with each standard. This is a daunting task for any agency and more so for a state agency that is spread over a large geographic area. She took on this challenge with resolve and focus.
For over three years she has been relentless as she has steered the agency towards becoming accredited. She has worked with every unit in the agency to ensure each unit is in compliance. This process has required a superior amount of organization, tact and commitment.
She has assisted with the oversight the entire project to include; composing or rewriting over 250 policies, documenting and setting forth rules and guidelines to help ensure the Command Staff is better informed on the activities of the agency and assisting captains and majors in establishing clear written directives for their areas of responsibility. Any one of these items, in and of themselves, would be a huge undertaking.
Through all of this, her efforts have not wavered. She has remained steadfast in her pursuit of getting the Colorado State Patrol accredited. During the months of November and December, 2014, a team of assessors with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) examined all aspects of the Colorado State Patrol’s policy, procedures, management, operations, and support services. This examination was the culmination of CSP’s voluntary involvement with CALEA’s program for advanced law enforcement accreditation. At the conclusion of the on-site inspection the assessors had high praise for her and all of her efforts.
This undertaking was done ahead of schedule and with minimum fiscal impact due to her planning, forethought and attention to detail throughout the execution of this project.
For demonstrating outstanding work performance, initiative, leadership, character, integrity, and whose actions and performance significantly exceeded expectations as they exemplified the State Patrol’s Core Values of Honor, Duty, and Respect, we recognize Ms. Mary Kyler as the 2014 Civilian Member of the Year.