Farmington Hills Police Department has named Detective Robert Gerak as its 2017 Police Officer of the Year.
He received the award at the city’s annual Employee Awards Ceremony held at the Costick Center on January 22.
“Detective Gerak is a highly decorated officer with many years of police experience who is an asset to the Department and the community,” said Police Chief Chuck Nebus.
A member of the department since 2006, Gerak received these honors in 2017:
- Merit Citation for identifying a suspect wanted in a sexual assault.
- Unit Citation for his investigative work in identifying and locating a serial bank robber.
- Unit Citation for his response to safely ending an incident with a barricaded suicidal person with access to several firearms.
- Unit Citation for his work investigating a suspect arrested for Retail Fraud, Home Invasion and Unarmed Robbery.
Gerak began his law enforcement career with the Detroit Police Department where he attained the rank of Sergeant. He has served in the Farmington Hills Patrol Division where he was selected as a Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, and is a member of the Honor Guard. He has also served in the Department’s Directed Patrol Unit and is currently assigned to the Investigative Division.
During his time with the Department, Gerak has received:
- a Valor Citation
- 19 Unit Citations
- 2 Citations
- a Letter of Appreciation
- 2008 American Legion Police Officer of the Year
- 2009 Valor Award Recipient from the 100 Club of Detroit
During his time with the Detroit Police Department, he received a Lifesaving Medal, 12 Citations, and a Chief’s Unit Award.