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Village officer recognized for second year in a row

Officer Robert A. Thibault, center, receives the 2011 Baldwinsville Police Officer of the Year award from Mayor Joseph Saraceni, left, and Chief of Police Michael Lefancheck during the May 17 village board meeting.

Officer Robert A. Thibault, center, receives the 2011 Baldwinsville Police Officer of the Year award from Mayor Joseph Saraceni, left, and Chief of Police Michael Lefancheck during the May 17 village board meeting.

— Officer Robert A. Thibault was recently recognized as the 2011 Baldwinsville Police Officer of the Year during a ceremony held at the May 17 Village of Baldwinsville Board Meeting.

Unlike most forms of department recognition, this award does not come from the office of the chief of police or the office of the mayor. Rather, it comes from nominations received from his peers and for that reason it holds a special significance.

According to BPD Chief of Police Michael Lefancheck, there were many reasons that his fellow officers gave in selecting him for this award including:

“Officer Thibault works the busiest shift in the department and it is not surprising that he leads the department in the number of calls handled and arrests made. Officer Thibault has become the go to person when dealing with major investigations and also has many other responsibilities within the police department.”

“Officer Thibault set himself apart this year due to his exemplary investigations, number of arrests and his overall outstanding performance. Bob also doesn’t wait to be asked, but takes the initiative on many occasions to assist or repair those odd-jobs that seem to almost regularly occur with our equipment and vehicles.”

“After reviewing the 2011 year, it is clear to me that the Officer of the Year is Bob Thibault. Bob was instrumental in the arrest of two people for a very serious assault case, which led to the conviction and 25-year prison sentences for both subjects. He was also involved in several burglary investigations and due to his determination and resolve, was able to identify and arrest several suspects.”

Lefancheck said he felt the following description, given by one of Thibault’s coworkers, was the most effective description of his performance: “In my tenure as a police officer, I have never witnessed the quality and quantity of overall work to match what Officer Thibault performed in 2011.”

Lefancheck also noted the special significance of this award as it is the first time that an officer has received the award in two consecutive years, which “speaks volumes to his work ethic and professionalism. I would like to add my voice to those of his fellow officers in congratulating Officer Robert A. Thibault on being the 2011 Baldwinsville Police Officer of Year.”

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