Police detective honored


augusta – When somebody is killed in Lewiston, Detective Brian O’Malley swings into action. Homicides committed in Maine are investigated by state police, but that doesn’t stop O’Malley, according to a letter recommending him for the Maine State Police Colonel’s Award.

He was one of three officers who received the framed and bound certificate Tuesday at an Augusta ceremony attended by about 200 former and current law enforcement officers.

“He works (the homicide cases) like they are his own,” wrote Sgt. Walter Grzyb in his memo to the Merit and Citation Award Board. Although state police officers routinely work nonstop through the first day or two of an investigation, most local police don’t.

O’Malley does, Grzyb wrote.

A detective for nine years, O’Malley has worked with the state on many homicides, including a Bates College student, a domestic violence victim and, most recently, a double homicide.

Grzyb cited O’Malley’s level of commitment to his cases as “remarkable” and offered instances where he missed important family functions and worked through holidays to get the job done.

His skills as an investigator and knowledge of Lewiston are “irreplaceable” assets for Maine State Police, Grzyb wrote.

Not only does O’Malley collect documentation from his fellow officers at the Lewiston Police Department, he also meet with the Attorney General’s Office, Maine State Crime Lab and Medical Examiner’s Office to further the investigations. He even assists state prosecutors in court, unless he’s been sequestered as a witness.

O’Malley shook hands with Gov. John Baldacci and Maine Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Cantara while accepting the award.