Peoria Police Department recognizes employees’ service

At left, Lori Sanda was honored by Chief Art Miller as the department’s Employee of the Year. Also, Officer John Abbas earned Officer of the Year honors. [Submitted photos]

Peoria Police Chief Art Miller presented several awards to recognize police department employees for their outstanding service in 2018. This year’s event took place at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, and was attended by the mayor, several city council members, city management and several department employees and their families.

“These awards are a small sampling of the great work our employees do each and every day as they serve the citizens of Peoria,” Chief Miller stated.

This event recognized the hard work and dedication of all employees of the Peoria Police Department, particularly:

Manager of the Year

Administrative Services Manager – Teresa Corless

Employee of the Year

Crime Prevention /Public Education – Lori Sanda

Officer of the Year

Officer John Abbas

Supervisor of the Year (Sworn)

Sergeant Seth Bigalow

Supervisor of the Year (Non-Sworn)

Communications Supervisor – Rami Duke-Lewis

Volunteer of the Year

Bill Jacobs

Explorer of the Year

Jacob Brunet

Lifesaving Award

Officer Cameron Lebbon, Officer Paul Hermans, Officer Edward Telon, Officer Nicholas DaCunha, Officer Daniel Mathews

Achievement Award

Officer Joey Smith

Recognition of External Awards

Victim Assistance Coordinator Stephanie Smith, Victim Advocate Latrice Jackson-Anderson, Officer Cameron Lebbon, Officer Matthew Trujillo

Exceptional Service Award

Executive Assistant Barbara Benavidez

2018 Retirements

Animal Control Officer Denise Britt, Chief Roy Minter, Officer Sean Privett, Crime Analyst Michael Self



What: Peoria Police Department’s Volunteer Program

About: Volunteers help with a variety of special community events and projects, including GAIN (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods), vacation watches, keeping department vehicles fueled and cleaned, conducting department tours, assisting with public safety events and presentations, and participating as role players in department training, among other assignments.

Get Involved: Call 623-773-5058 or email

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