Farmington Public Safety honors accreditation lead officer

Farmington Public Safety this year selected an Officer of the Year who spearheaded one of the department’s most important initiatives.

Officer Matthew Miracle was among the sworn and civilian department members who received more than 50 awards during a banquet held Thursday, May 16, at Freedom Gateway Center. The event honored their incredible acts of bravery, life-saving acts, extraordinary teamwork and individual accomplishments.

Farmington Public Safety Awards
Pictured from left: Council member William Galvin, Deputy Director Ted Warthman, council member Maria Taylor, Mayor Pro Tem Sara Bowman, Officer Matthew Miracle, Director Frank Demers, Mayor Steve Schneemann, and council member Joe LaRussa. (Farmington Public Safety)

Miracle received the night’s highest honor for leading the 2018 accreditation project. Last June, the Farmington Public Safety Department earned full accreditation through the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

“Officer Miracle coordinated all facets of the accreditation process including conducting research and analysis of all department policies and made recommendations to command staff about ways to improve operational and administrative orders,” Public Safety Director Frank Demers said during the award presentation. “He did all of this while assigned to the patrol division where he continued to be proactive in preventing crimes and enforcing traffic laws.”

Demers added, “Even with the considerable time he devoted to accreditation management, he continued to maintain high levels of productivity in the field and achieved above average performance evaluations.”

Public Safety Cadet Carly Wasielewski received the 2018 Civilian of the Year Award, which recognizes her significant contributions to the department’s cadet program.

The public safety department enjoyed record crime lows in 2018. In recognition of this achievement, Demers said.

“None of this could have been accomplished without the hard work, dedication and professionalism or our public safety officers, our civilian staff and our reserve firefighters who are truly committed to the department’s mission.”