MNPD Names Employees of the Year for 2014
February 13, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Steve Anderson today recognized the outstanding service of five individuals who have been named the Metropolitan Police Department’s Employees of the Year for 2014.
“The selfless dedication of these employees exemplifies the tremendous work being done every day by the men and women of this police department to enhance Nashville’s safety,” Chief Anderson said. “I am very proud of them for their commitment to serving our community.”
The 2014 MNPD Employees of the Year are:
Investigative Services Bureau Investigator of the Year, Detective Sarah Bruner, Youth Services Division
Detective Bruner devoted hundreds of hours investigating the death of 17-month-old Eloise Costanza, who was diagnosed with a skull fracture, brain swelling and had numerous bruises on her body. The investigation led to the development of a time-line that indicated Eloise had been abused for months before she died. Last year, the child’s mother, Neena Costanza, and her boyfriend, Jacob Hughes, were indicted on charges of first degree murder and aggravated child neglect. This is yet another example of Detective Bruner’s outstanding work on behalf of our youngest citizens who are too often unable to call the police for help.
Field Operations Bureau Police officer of the Year, Officer Anthony Venable, West Precinct
Officer Venable’s steady work ethic and knowledge of the area he patrols led to a number of significant arrests during 2014, including a man wanted on outstanding warrants involving the rape of a child; a convicted felon who was in possession of cocaine, and a third man who was selling marijuana from his residence. Officer Venable’s supervisor reports that he is consistently looking beyond the stop during his encounters with individuals while displaying the desire, motivation and ability to perform his job at an excellent level.
Field Operations Bureau Patrol Officer of the Year, Officer John Carlisle from the Hermitage Precinct
Officer Carlisle, a 14-year veteran of the Metro Police Department, uses his skills and intuition to enhance the safety of the neighborhoods in which he works. One of his cases in 2014 illustrates that commitment. During a stop for a traffic violation on Lebanon Pike, the driver was found to have a suspended license and appeared nervous. During a search of the driver, a small bag of crystal meth was found. An inventory search of the car revealed 225 grams of crystal meth and various items of paraphernalia…all with an estimated street value in excess of $100,000.
Special Operations Officer of the Year, SWAT Officer Marcel Chalou from the Special Response Team
Officer Chalou led the effort of the Special Response Team to apprehend the man wanted for a March 2010 murder at a bar on Haywood Lane. In July 2014, information was received that the alleged gunman, Juan Vargas-Guzman, was working construction in Crossville. He was located there and arrested. The challenge in finding Vargas-Guzman was compounded by the fact that he had no real community ties. Officer Chalou exhausted every available resource before developing the hard leads that ultimately led to the capture.
Field Operations Bureau Investigator of the Year, Detective Alfredo Arevalo from the North Precinct
Detective Arevalo’s outstanding work in 2014 was highlighted by an investigation that led to the identification and arrest of four persons responsible for five robberies and two separate acts of attempted murder during a multi-day crime spree. Work on this case involved the tracking of cell phones, multiple knock and talks, and several home searches. Detective Arevalo’s commitment to this investigation undoubtedly took dangerous persons off the streets and made the community safer.
Professional Support Employee of the Year, Ms. Darlene Sanders from the Fiscal Affairs Division
Ms. Sanders diligently guides employees through the often complex and time consuming travel request and documentation process. She ensures that all travel and training arrangements are completed in a timely manner, and is always available to help with last minute problems. Ms. Sanders, who also oversees the uniform allowance program, is an extremely valued member of the Fiscal Affairs Division team.
Also today, Chief Anderson recognized Officer John Downs, who received a standing ovation from his police department colleagues as he was presented with an award for being named the Special Operations Division Officer of the Month. Downs, who is a SWAT officer assigned to the Special Response Team, was providing cover for his fellow officers when a Taser was deployed in an effort to subdue an armed robbery suspect. The gunman was not deterred and fired, striking Officer Downs, who continues to bravely recover from his injuries.