Farmington Hills Police Department names Optimist Officer of the Year

Farmington Hills Police Officer Brian Harbaugh has been selected as the 2017 Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club Police Officer of the Year.

Officer Harbaugh Optimist Club POY
From left: Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club President Barrie Armstrong, Officer Harbaugh, Police Chief Chuck Nebus (City of Farmington Hills)

Police Chief Nebus and Optimist Club President Barry Armstrong presented the award during the club’s May 9 Award Ceremony held at John Cowley and Sons Irish Pub in downtown Farmington.

According to a press release, Harbaugh was selected by his peers. His 2017 accomplishments include a Lifesaving Award for rescuing a 78-year-old woman from a vehicle fire, a Unit Citation for assistance in disarming a suicidal person armed with a knife, and a second Unit Citation for his assistance during a sexual assault investigation that lead to the offender’s arrest.

Harbaugh joined the Department in August 1995 as a Police Cadet. He was promoted to Police Officer in July, 1996 and has served in the Patrol Division for more than 21 years. During that time, he has received numerous awards including a Chief’s Citation, a Citation, a Professional Service Award, six Unit Citations, and one Lifesaving Award.