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Officer of the Year
Officer Jim Meldrum - 2015 Officer of the Year.

Jim Meldrum receives award from Chief WightmanJim Meldrum has been an officer with the Brighton Police Department for more than 8 years.  He has served as the department’s School Resource Officer and a member of the Special Response Team.  Jim has received 23 departmental commendations including the 2013 Officer of the Year.  Jim does tremendous work for this Department and this community in all of his capacities, but he is here recognized for his work on a particular project, the police K-9 program.

Jim took on this project entirely on his own initiative and put a great deal of effort into the research and development of the program.  He researched everything from startup & maintenance costs to breeds of dogs and their capabilities.  With all that information he had to convince myself and the Deputy Chief to support the concept, then with the assistance of another K-9 officer he put on a live presentation to City Council resulting in their total support for proceeding with the program.  And because his duty assignment was based at the High School he was careful to present the idea and obtain support from school officials including the School Superintendent.  

One of the largest obstacles to creating a police K-9 program are the startup costs.  Jim worked to secure a grant to cover the cost of the K-9 Academy.  He obtained donated fencing materials for a K-9 kennel at the PD from a local home improvement retailer.   He later obtained a grant to cover the K-9 protective vest.  

Jim worked with a police dog breeding service to obtain a high quality dog, who we now know as Danko.  He then attended an 8-week long K-9 training academy which involved many hours of extra effort to ensure that Danko was one of the highest performers in the class.  And as you all may recall within hours of graduation, Jim and Danko had made their first track and apprehension.

And it all didn’t end there.  Jim and his partner train every week to ensure that they remain at the top of their game.  And here again Jim has worked with the Deputy Chief to coordinate a way to accomplish the training in the most cost effective way.  It is important to note that a dog handler’s job is not 8 to 5, it’s an around the clock commitment for someone as dedicated to success as Jim.

Officer Meldrum was recognized as Officer of the Year at a meeting of the Brighton City Council not just for the great job he does every day but specifically for his tremendous self-motivation and determination to bring this outstanding program to fruition for the Department and the Brighton community.