Police News Releases

The Police Department aims to keep our community and media outlets informed of police activity and incidents in the Town of Frederick. The Public Information Officer and Deputy Public Information Officer strive to release accurate, timely information to create an inclusive and connected community.

Most Current News Release  / Archived News Releases

FPD Announces Police Awards 

2022 Officer of the Year

Officer Esther Collins

Award Reciepient
Chief Todd Norris and the Frederick Police Department would like to award Officer Esther Collins as the 2022 Officer of the Year. Officer Collins has demonstrated exceptional community involvement, partnership with citizens, the ability to work with others, dependability, and outstanding ethics throughout the year. Officer Collins' dedication and contributions have made a significant impact on the safety and well-being of our community in Frederick. Her commitment to public service and her unwavering commitment to the betterment of our community and department make her an exemplary role model for both her peers and the citizens of Frederick. Through her empathetic approach and effective communication skills, she has effectively listened to the concerns and needs of community members, actively seeking solutions, and providing support to all citizens and coworkers.

Officer Collins has demonstrated throughout the year the true value of Team F.R.E.D. and has earned this acknowledgment of this achievement of 2022 Employee of the Year.

Chief’s Commendation

Officer Anthony Fountain

Officer Fountain received a Chief's Commendation in recognition of his professionalism and teamwork in response to a vehicle theft incident in May 2023. He collaborated with Officer Lopez, and together, they demonstrated outstanding communication skills, working seamlessly as a team. Despite the high-pressure circumstances, they effectively coordinated with dispatch and responding units while maintaining clear communication and professionalism.

Officer Fountain's actions on that day embody the essence of excellence in law enforcement, and his dedication to the safety and well-being of our communities is truly commendable.

Police Service Award

Officer Eduardo Lopez

Officer Lopez received a Police Service Award for his exceptional dedication, quick thinking, and outstanding teamwork during a critical incident in May 2023. His keen observation and knowledge from previous cases allowed him to connect a suspect to other crimes. By connecting these details and alerting neighboring agencies, Officer Lopez brought the focus of numerous officers to the awareness that a wanted criminal was nearby and actively committing crimes.

Officer Lopez's exceptional performance and dedication to going beyond the standard call of duty were instrumental in solving the case and capturing a criminal. His ability to connect the dots across multiple sources of information, his proactive approach, and his relentless pursuit of leads were exemplary.

Officer Lopez's actions are a testament to the Frederick Police Department's core values, exemplifying his commitment to public safety, and merits issuing a Police Service Award.

Medal of Distinguished Service

Officer Ivan Perez, Officer Shawna Paintin, Officer Eduardo Lopez, Officer Anthony Fountain, Officer Sara Flunker, Sergeant Scott Coonrod

In January 2023, several Sergeants and Officers of the Frederick Police Department responded to a critical incident that put their lives and the lives of our community members at extreme risk. They displayed extraordinary bravery, self-sacrifice, and professionalism in the line of duty. 

In recognition of their exemplary dedication, exceptional courage, and unwavering commitment to public safety, the Frederick Police Department is proud to award the Medal of Distinguished Service to Officer Ivan Perez, Officer Shawna Paintin, Officer Eddie Lopez, Officer Anthony Fountain, Officer Sara Flunker, and Sergeant Scott Coonrod. 

Medal of Valor

Sergeant Colt Jones and Officer Matt Myers

In January 2023, several Sergeants and Officers of the Frederick Police Department responded to a critical incident that put their lives and the lives of our community members at extreme risk. They displayed extraordinary bravery, self-sacrifice, and professionalism in the line of duty. 

In recognition of their exemplary dedication, exceptional courage, and unwavering commitment to public safety. With immense gratitude, the Frederick Police Department is proud to present the Medal of Valor to Sergeant Colt Jones and Officer Matt Myers.

Chief’s Commendation

Sergeant Gerald Armstrong, Sergeant Robert Bedsaul, Sergeant Aaron Herbert, Sergeant Ian Albert, Sergeant Matthew James, Sergeant Ian Austin, Detective Steve Walje, Officer Shawn Billings, Officer Kevin Wolfe, Officer Tyler Farson, Officer Edward Goodman, Detective Urie VonFeldt, Officer Chad Berry, Officer Luke Johnson, Officer Cassandra Yuma, Officer Esther Collins. 

September 27, 2023

In January 2023, on-duty Frederick Officers and officers from nearby jurisdictions were involved in a critical incident. They were called upon to assist with the incident investigations and several other tasks for an extended time. Their actions and dependability stand as a true testament to the core values of the Frederick Police Department, exemplifying a commitment to public safety. 

With immense gratitude, the Frederick Police Department is proud to issue a Chief’s Commendation to Sergeant Gerald Armstrong, Sergeant Robert Bedsaul, Sergeant Aaron Herbert, Sergeant Ian Albert, Sergeant Matthew James, Sergeant Ian Austin, Detective Steve Walje, Officer Shawn Billings, Officer Kevin Wolfe, Officer Tyler Farson, Officer Andrew Fairbanks, Officer Edward Goodman, Detective Urie VonFeldt, Officer Chris Nickelberry, Officer Chad Berry, Officer Luke Johnson, Officer Cassandra Yuma, and Officer Esther Collins.

New Officers

Officer Trevor McCourt and Officer Dale Woods

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7