The Danville Police Department implemented an Officer of the Month program in 2018. Each month, Chief Scott Booth asks supervisors assigned to the Operations Division to select an officer that has gone “above and beyond” in the performance of his or her duties and write up a brief synopsis detailing those efforts. The members of the command staff then meet, review the submissions, and make a selection. The same process is also followed for the Services Division, and an officer assigned to a unit other than Operations is selected as well.
For the month of May 2020, I would like to congratulate the following officers for their selection as the Officers of the Month:
Patrol Officers of the Month:
Corporal A. D. Harn, Officer J. A. Booth, and Officer L. C. Capps: They responded to an assault call where a victim was physically assaulted by a suspect who had a machete and threatened to shoot up the victim’s house. Also, there was an outstanding warrant on file for the suspect, and information was the suspect would be armed with a firearm. The officers located the suspect, and who failed to obey commands to stop and show his hands. Instead, the suspect began walking backward and with his hand behind his back as if he had a weapon. The suspect turned in the direction of Officer Booth, and Corporal Harn, who was able to see the suspect did not have a gun. Corporal Harn took the suspect down, and he was placed under arrest. This easily could have been an incident involving deadly force, but all three officers showed great restraint, patience, and professionalism. Their performance was exemplary, and their actions are commended. Great work!
D. J. Branch
Specialty Officer of the Month
Officer D. J. Branch: In May of 2020, he began an exhaustive information search for a fugitive wanted for a serious felony charge. Through searching all available resources, he discovered a lead on his location. Based on Officer Branch’s information, the suspect was located out of town and arrested. His dedication to this task, the commitment of many hours over several days, coordination with out-of-state agencies, and the ability to utilize all available resources lead directly to the apprehension of this wanted felon. Outstanding job!
Please join me in congratulating our officers of the month!