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June 5, 2014

Transit Police, civilians recognized at 17th annual Awards Ceremony

Officer Sithyvon Chau, Police Chief John Harrington and Officer Andrew Schroeder at the Metro Transit Police Department's 2014 Awards Ceremony.MINNEAPOLIS – (June 5) – The Metro Transit Police Department honored 23 officers and six civilians whose actions helped promote and maintain a safe transit environment at the department’s 2014 Awards Ceremony today.

The awards were presented by Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis. This is the 17th year the department has publicly recognized officers and civilians for their safety and security efforts.

“These officers and civilians showed great courage and are to be commended for going above and beyond the call of duty,” Harrington said. “Their actions are a testament to the fact that wherever transit goes, helping hands are along for the ride.”

Metro Transit Police Officer Andrew Schroeder was named the 2013 Police Officer of the Year. Schroeder has been with the department since Sept. 6, 2011, and was recognized for his work as a trainer and mentor to younger officers, top-notch investigative work, collaboration with other departments and the successful arrest of an armed suspect following a foot chase that occurred near transit property.

Officer Sithyvon Chau earned the Timothy Bowe Memorial Award, which is given to a part-time officer who displays exceptional professionalism and dedication. A patrol officer for the City of Roseville, Chau joined the Metro Transit Police Department in 2013 and has helped bring new diversity to the department.

Lt. Troy Schmitz and Lt. Joanne Sellner were each presented with the Chief’s Award of Merit. Schmitz created a police training program for bus operators while Sellner has taken an active role in community events and marketing efforts, raising the department’s community profile.                                          

Other officers were also recognized with Medals of Commendation, Awards of Merit and Certificates of Appreciation for a variety of activities, including assisting other area police departments, identifying and apprehending suspects and emergency medical responses.

Six civilians, including a Metro Transit employee and bus operator, were also honored for assisting Metro Transit Police in the field.

After recent hiring to prepare for the METRO Green Line, the Metro Transit Police Department  includes 94 full-time and 100 part-time officers covering an eight-county area wherever Metro Transit buses and trains operate.

Customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains more than 81 million times in 2013. The agency is a service of the Metropolitan Council.

Photos are available for republication on Metro Transit's Flickr page. Learn more about past award recipients here.

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Contact: Drew Kerr, Metro Transit Public Relations Specialist, 612-349-7089, drew.kerr@metrotransit.org

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