Mashpee Police Department held a virtual award ceremony on December 30 to reflect on the department’s accomplishments over the previous 12 months.

Mashpee Police Chief Scott W. Carline wrote in a post on the department’s Facebook page that this has always been one of his favorite times of the year, as the department gets to reflect on situations “that are truly life-changing, that matter and to reflect on just a small portion of the great work the men and women of MPD do daily.”

Officer Jeffrey Donnis received the Officer of the Year award, and Dispatch Supervisor Scott Halligan received the Employee of the Year award.

The Community Policing Award/Unit Team Award was presented to the Mashpee Police Department Community Services Unit “for continually going above and beyond the call of duty in an effort toward ongoing community policing strategies, the building of public trust and creative community engagement,” Chief Carline wrote.

The Lifesaving Award was presented to Officer Jesse White and Officer Matthew Koch and finally, and the Distinguished Service Award was presented to dispatchers Jennifer Berry and Carla Newbrey.

Chief Carline congratulated all who received awards that night and commended the entire organization for its efforts in striving to bring MPD to its highest professional level. Police departments nationwide have taken some hits in the past few years, Chief Carline wrote, but he believes his department is on the upswing and things are moving in a different direction with community support behind them.

“From the phone calls, emails and letters I receive from the public, I can tell you that we are supported by our community, and I want to thank the community for their continued positive support,” the chief wrote.

Chief Carline also thanked the community for its continued support and well wishes throughout last year.

“It is because of you we continue to strive for excellence while serving with pride and integrity,” Chief Carline wrote.

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