2019 Employees of the Month

March 2019

Shawn LaSalle, Police Officer I - Police Department

Awarded Employee of the Month in recognition and appreciation for excellent job performance and dedicated service.

Recently, Gainesville Police Department responded to a call for service for a weapons offense. At the scene, a suspect barricaded himself in a vehicle and was displaying suicidal intentions. Officer LaSalle was able to de-escalate the situation by engaging the suspect in conversation for several hours. Officer LaSalle was able to take and handle the role of negotiator, despite not having formal training in negotiations, and remained calm, helping to dissipate the suspect’s anxiety levels during the highly volatile situation. Officer LaSalle played a crucial part in bringing the standoff to a peaceful resolution and his outstanding performance in this highly stressful situation is noteworthy and appreciated by the department and the community.

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January 2019

CHRIS GARNER, Sergeant - POLICE DEPARTMENT

Awarded employee of the month in recognition and appreciation for outstanding achievement and performance.

Sergeant Chris Garner has been instrumental in the implementation and success of the department's physical readiness program. He attended a six-week training from the Texas Department of Public Safety Fitness Institute in Austin, Texas. During that time he was physically and mentally tested in many aspects and he was tested and passed the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exam earning a certification. He graduated from the institute on November 2, 2018, receiving a Diploma from the Advanced Physical Fitness and Readiness Assessment Instructor Program. These are amazing accomplishments and Sergeant Garner continues to be dedicated in helping with the department's goals in educating its staff in physical fitness and nutrition.

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