FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2015
2015 Flagstaff Police Department Civilian Employee of the Year/Val Hernandez Excellence Award Justin Young was originally hired in November of 2011 as a Police Officer. He successfully completed the police academy, field training and his probationary period. Justin excelled as a patrol officer and was extremely happy to work for and protect the community he grew up in. In 2012, Justin suffered an injury. He continued to work as a police officer in a light duty capacity. During this time he was assigned to the criminal investigations division in which he spearheaded the sex offender program. Ultimately Justin was unable to return to work and took a medical retirement. Justin loved this police department and wanted to continue his career in any way he could. He briefly took an outside job but was not able to stay away for very long as he wanted to be a part of the Flagstaff Police Department family. In November of 2014 Justin was re-hired as an administrative assistant. In January of 2015 Justin was promoted to the position of training coordinator, which he currently holds. Justin put his passion for this agency into ensuring that our officers receive top notch training. In 2015, Justin’s first year as training coordinator, our officers benefited in a 7% rise in total training, 1100 hours more than the previous year. In advanced officer training alone our department saw a rise of over 2500 hours in more training (46% increase). Justin’s work ethic in these two areas alone shows his desire to promote this police agency and support its officers. Justin takes a personal role in those high liability areas of most concern including firearms and high rick stops. Additionally Justin was instrumental in transforming our annual awards ceremony into a semi-formal yearly event that is extremely well attended and highly spoken of. Early on, Justin became a very critical partner in making the event a success. In 2014 our agency suffered a tragic loss with the death of Officer Tyler Stewart. Justin took it upon himself to assist Tyler’s father Frank during this most difficult time. Justin completed hundreds of tasks that if not for him the family would have to arrange. Justin was immensely helpful to Tyler’s family and to this day still takes his own time to meet with the family. The example that Justin has set to his fellow employees in this respect is simply extraordinary. Overall, Justin works harder than most to make this agency a better place for its employees to work. Whether it’s coordination for advanced training in the Cooper Auditorium, set up and coordination at the firearms range, or just simply being present for proficiency training Justin works extremely hard for the Flagstaff Police Department and the success of its employees. Justin is a true ambassador for this department and is a key component of its success and future, and for these reasons he is awarded the Valerie Hernandez Excellence Award.