Farmington recognizes police officers

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FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department announced Wednesday that officer Bridgette Gilbert has been named Employee of the Quarter for the summer of 2014.

The letter to Gilbert recognizing her for her efforts highlights how she earned the recognition.

“During the summer of 2014, you set personal goals to enforce motor vehicle laws to make our community safer. As a result, you stopped almost 200 vehicles during the school vacation period from the end of June to the end of August,” the news release based on the letter stated.

Upon her return to Mt. Blue High School in her role as the school’s resource officer, she was rewarded with the 2014-2015 Mt. Blue Service Award, according to the letter.

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This annual award is presented to an individual who is constantly striving to enhance the school environment and demonstrates service to the district beyond their job description.

Gilbert was chosen by approximately 400 Regional School Unit 9 employees to receive it.

“It is clear that you are a vital component as the school resource officer for RSU 9. Due to your compassion, work ethic and personal goal setting, you help the Farmington Police Department meet its mission ‘to create a feeling of safety for the people within the town of Farmington,’” the letter stated.

In addition, Sgt. Edward Hastings IV and officer Derrick Doucette were recognized in letters from Chief Jack Peck.

Hastings was recognized for his actions that brought about a quick arrest on a reported gross sexual assault that occurred in July.

“He identified, located and apprehended the suspect. He also obtained a confession from the individual,” according to the release.

“This brought about a sense of relief for the victim and showed our citizens that the Farmington Police Department will work quickly, but diligently to bring safety to our community,” Peck said.

Doucette was recognized for his traffic enforcement efforts this past summer.

“Over the last three months, our agency has identified and charged eleven different motorists with speeding in excess of 30 miles per hour over the posted speed limit,” Peck said in the release.

Doucette was responsible for apprehending seven of those.

Peck wrote in the letter of recognition that “It is impossible to tell how many motor vehicle crashes you may have prevented due to your diligence and hard work.”

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