The Roswell Police Department honored many of its members earlier this year during an awards ceremony recognizing a variety of achievements and actions. (These awards and recognition cover an extended period of time since the pandemic required a ceremony gathering be delayed until this year.) (In photos, Chief Phil Smith is at the podium and Deputy Chief Mike Taylor is presenting the awards.)
RPD congratulates the following on their well-deserved awards, promotions and recognition, as well as thanking our retired members for their years of dedicated service to this department and community.
The Award and Medal recipients:
Sergeant Ryan Craine, Medal of Valor
November 4, 2019
Sgt. Craine took it upon himself to respond to a call of an attempted armed robbery in progress. He located the suspect, who pointed a handgun toward Sgt. Craine. The sergeant responded to the threat by firing multiple gunshots at the suspect, ending the threat. The suspect was struck by Sgt. Craine’s gunfire, but did survive. During his voluntary course of action, Sgt. Craine displayed outstanding acts of heroism and bravery.
Officer Narciso Santillan (now Special Investigations Agent), Meritorious Award
Officer Cassandra Juarez (now Detective), Meritorious Award
January 1, 2020
Officers Santillan and Juarez were off duty when they heard a call come out involving an aggravated assault with a firearm. The incident location was in close proximity to the officers, who responded and located the suspect, who was observed armed with a firearm. The suspect began running from the officers and they both gave chase. The suspect began firing at the officers, but they continued pursuing the suspect, who tried to hide in the yard of a residence, but was located a short time later. Both officers displayed exemplary courage while their own personal safety was at risk in their response to this call.
Officer Jaime Castillo (left of podium), Life Saving Award
Officer Narciso Santillan (now Special Investigations Agent), Life Saving Award
February 8, 2020
Officers Castillo and Santillan responded to a residence in reference to a stabbing victim, to whom they both provided life-saving measures by placing a tourniquet on her. The quick thinking and actions of these two officers saved the life of the stabbing victim who had sustained injuries to a main artery.
Officer Clayton Ness (now Detective), Life Saving Award
August 31, 2020
During a welfare check, Officer Ness found an elderly man who had fallen in his home and was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Officer Ness performed CPR and, as a result of Officer Ness’ quick thinking and actions, the man was revived.
Officer Ashley Wood, Life Saving Award
September 30, 2020
During a traffic stop, Officer Wood performed the Heimlich maneuver on a young child and successfully dislodged a piece of hot dog from the choking child’s throat. Officer Wood is recognized for her quick thinking and actions.
Officer Shaye Duran (now Detective), Life Saving Award
December 19, 2020
Officer Duran was on patrol when he was flagged down by a motorist, who alerted the officer to a man who was not breathing and had no pulse. Officer Duran immediately took action by giving the subject Narcan (an emergency treatment for an opioid overdose) and providing CPR. The subject was revived by Officer Duran due to his quick thinking and immediate actions.
Officer Jacob Perry (ceremony photo not available), Life Saving Award
Officer Erik Castillo, Life Saving Award
Sergeant Dylan Thomas, Life Saving Award
December 27, 2020
Officers Perry and Castillo and Sgt. Thomas responded to a residence in reference to an elderly man not breathing and having no pulse. This RPD trio took turns giving CPR and the man was revived. A life was saved because of the quick decisions and actions of these three RPD members.
Officer Abrem Atencio (left photo), Meritorious Award
Officer Danny Flott (now Detective), Meritorious Award
April 15, 2021
Officers Atencio and Flott responded to assist the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office with a fleeing vehicle. The pursuit came to an end at the front of the JP Stone bank on North Main Street where the suspect exited the vehicle and ran. The RPD officers were continuing to pursue the suspect on foot when the suspect pointed a firearm at them. The officers fired their weapons at the suspect, striking the suspect, who later died, and ending the threat. These officers showed great bravery and exemplary courage in their actions.
Agent Brian Jefferson, Meritorious Award
June 14, 2021
The RPD SWAT team was called to respond to a residence where there was an armed subject. Agent Jefferson was one of the many SWAT personnel on scene. The suspect exited the residence with a weapon pointed at officers. Acting heroically and with exemplary courage, Agent Jefferson engaged the suspect by firing his weapon at the suspect. The agent’s shots did not strike the suspect, but did force him back into the residence where he laid down his gun, leading to a peaceful end to the incident.
Officer Leroy Smith, Meritorious Award
July 16, 2021
Officer Smith and other officers responded to a residence regarding a subject with a gun. The officers confronted a male brandishing a firearm. The subject began raising the firearm and pointing it in the direction of the officers. Officer Smith, along with sheriff’s deputies, fired their weapons at the subject, fatally striking him and ending the threat. Officer Smith showed great heroism involving exemplary courage and risk of his own safety.
Officer Adrian Jimenez, Life Saving Award
July 26, 2021
Officer Jimenez responded to a residence in reference to an infant not breathing. Officer Jimenez was the first responder on scene and, using quick thinking and quick actions, provided CPR to the infant, successfully getting the infant to breathe again.
Officer Brad Bailey (now Sergeant), Life Saving Award
September 10, 2021
Officer Bailey was dispatched to a medical call, where he observed a 63-year-old male subject who apparently had had a heart attack. The male did not have any vital signs, so with quick thinking and immediate action, Officer Bailey began providing CPR, which resulted in vital signs returning and the man surviving.
2020 Officers of the Quarters
First Quarter: Officer Shaye Duran (now Detective)
Second Quarter: Detective Gino Basile
Third Quarter: Detective Natalie Mendoza (now Agent)
Fourth Quarter: Detective Gino Basile
2020 Officer of the Year: Detective Gino Basile
2020 Civilian of the Year: TSU Tech Angela Sharpe
2021 Officers of the Quarters
First Quarter: Officer Brad Bailey (Now Sergeant)
Second Quarter: Officer Danny Flott (Now Detective)
Third Quarter: Agent Randy Rodriquez
Fourth Quarter: Sergeant Brad Bailey
2021 Officer of the Year: Sergeant Brad Bailey
2021 Civilian of the Year: IT Specialist Jerry Janow
Sergeant Donald O’Connor retired August 27, 2020
Detective Robert Scribner retired August 30, 2020
Sergeant Jerry Hart retired December 17, 2020
Captain Kim Northcutt retired September 15, 2021
Officer Laura Macias retired December 1, 2021
Officer Miguel Lopez retired December 16, 2021
Sergeant Chris Bradley Lieutenant March 27, 2020
Officer Tan Nguyen Detective March 27, 2020
Officer Adam Rhodes Sergeant September 11, 2020
Officer Trevis Reese Sergeant September 11, 2020
Officer Cassandra Juarez Detective July 2, 2021
Lieutenant Joe Smith Captain July 16, 2021
Sergeant Mark Mahone Lieutenant July 16, 2021
Agent Alex Barleen Sergeant July 30, 2021
Captain Mike Taylor Deputy Chief August 4, 2021
Sergeant Richard Romero Lieutenant August 27, 2021
Officer Steven Rosser Sergeant August 27, 2021
Officer Narciso Santillan Sergeant August 27, 2021
Lieutenant Raymond Sharpe Captain August 27, 2021
Officer Shaye Duran Detective October 22, 2021
Officer Clayton Ness Detective October 22, 2021
Officer Brad Bailey Sergeant December 3, 2021
Officer Danny Flott Detective December 17, 2021
10 or more years of service
Fabianna Ortega Records Clerk 10+ years
Vanessa Ortega Front Desk 10+ years
Scott Wrenn SID Sergeant 10+ years
Dylan Thomas Support Services Sgt. 10+ years
Ryan Craine CID Sergeant 10+ years
Philip A. Smith Chief of Police 10+ years
Russell Whitebear TSU Technician 11 years
Bradley Bailey Patrol Sergeant 11+ years
Norma Ortiz Chief’s Admin. Asst. 12+ years
Mike Fry TSU Sergeant 13 years
Joe A. Smith CID/SID Captain 14 years
Yasmin Soto SID Admin. Asst. 14+ years
Christina De La Cerda Records Clerk 14+ years
15 or more years of service
Alberto Aldana CID Lieutenant 15+ years
Mark Mahone SID Lieutenant 15+ years
Adam Rhodes Patrol Sergeant 15+ years
Loretta Lara Accreditation Manager 18+ years
Richard Romero Support Services Lieutenant 18+ years
Ron Smith Accreditation Lieutenant 18+ years
Mike Stanton Deputy Chief 18+ years
Jeff Prince Patrol Sergeant 19+ years
Grace Fresquez Sergeant 19+ years
20 or more years of service
Mendy Hernandez CID Admin. Asst. 20 years
Mike Taylor Deputy Chief 20+ years
Thank you to all our personnel for your hard work, dedication and your many years of service to the Roswell Police Department and the community we serve.