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February 22, 2013

Promotions and honors

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LeGault praised Kok, and fellow ERT Lt. Ted Weed, calling their work with the team "amazing."

"It feels good (to receive the Chief's Award) and I was very humbled," Kok said. "I definitely enjoy (working on the ERT). It's exciting and rewarding work."

The department's Outstanding Detective Award went to Det. John Conti. Traffic Officer Michael Drake and Patrol Officer Shaun Bielec where were honored as the Distinguished Senior and Junior Officers.

The Leo Maj Memorial Award, which is presented to a uniformed officer for their commitment to overall excellence of duty and dedication to the community, was presented to Officer Dave Cudahy. Cudahy, who serves in the department's Community Relations Section, was cited for his work on the police Business District Initiative.

The program has targeted retail crime and has been embraced by local businesses. Cudahy also oversees the department's annual bike rodeos and is the department's Honor Guard bagpiper.

Friday was also an opportunity for the department to promote two of its own and announce a new command assignment. 

Dalporto announced that LeGault will replace the recently retirement Capt. Morris Shamrock as the commander in the Narcotics Investigations Division. It marks a return to the division for LeGault who had previously been a lieutenant in charge of the Roving Anti-Crime Unit.

Stepping up to replace LeGault as the afternoon shift commander is newly promoted Capt. Joseph Casale.

Casale is a 23-year veteran of the force and has spent his entire career in the patrol division. He said he's looking forward to the new challenge.

"I'm honored, I'm humbled, it's been a lot of hard work," Casale said of his promotion and appointment. "I'm looking forward to carrying the new chief's vision for the department forward."

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