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Metro Transit Police Awards


2016 Officer of the Year: Katherine Spear

Officer Katherine Spear didn’t always aspire to be in law enforcement. But after a decade in financial aid, she found herself looking for new ways to give back to her community. A stint with the St. Paul Police Reserves ignited a newfound passion for policing, leading her to quit her job, enroll in school and begin serving as a Metro Transit Community Service Officer. She joined the Metro Transit Police Department as a full-time officer in 2016, spending much of her time on the METRO Green Line. As a beat officer, she’s developed strong relationships with customers and shown empathy toward those in need. For her efforts, Spear was named the department’s 2016 Officer of the Year. She is the first female to receive the honor. Spear grew up in St. Paul and is a mother of three.

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Photo: General Manager Brian Lamb, Spear and Chief John Harrington

2016 Timothy Bowe Memorial Award: James Galland

The Timothy Bowe Memorial Award is given to a part-time officer who displays exceptional professionalism and dedication. The 216 award went to Officer James Galland, who has worked with Metro Transit police for the past 17 years. Galland is a full-time Sergeant at the Hastings Police Department.

Past Officers of the Year

Past Timothy Bowe Award Winners

Leonard Mitchell 2015 Santiago Rodriguez 2015
Daniel Wallace, Matthew Wilkinson 2014 Michael Sheady 2014
Andrew Schroeder 2013 Sithyvon Chau 2013
Adam Marvin 2012 Marty Williams 2012
Leonard Keyes 2011 David Minkel 2011
Leo Castro 2010  Scott Nolan 2010
Said Jama 2009  Todd Gross 2009
Rick Grates 2008  Brad Sporny 2008
Richard Raymond 2007  Rollie Martinez 2007
Richard Gizzi 2006  Todd Soderholm 2006
Steve Bakeberg 2005  Jake Ayers 2005
Michael LaVine 2004  Paul Bartz 2004
Steven Sworski 2003  James Johnson 2003
Arthur Hart 2002  Michael Kaczmarek 2002
   Richard Schwartz 2001
   Michael Herbert 2000
   Dominic Cotroneo 1999
   Donn Wallin 1997

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