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Officer Phillip Walsh – Awarded as Employee of the Quarter

7/14/2011

On Tuesday, July 12, 2011, Officer Phillip Walsh received the Employee of the Quarter award at a luncheon hosted by the Irvine Exchange Club at the Marriott Hotel.  Chief Maggard, Deputy Chief Noble, Commander Hare, and Officer Leticia Hernandez were in attendance to congratulate Officer Walsh.

Nominated by his peers, Officer Walsh is consistently described by anyone that has worked with him as the seasoned officer they can go to for advice while at the same time being one of the most humble people they have met.  Officer Walsh has a reputation for staying active in his area and being a great beat-partner. 

Recently, while actively patrolling his area, he received an “in-progress” call of a vehicle theft.  Because he was mobile, his response was nearly immediate, allowing him to arrive in time to observe the suspect fleeing in the stolen vehicle.  The suspect attempted to ram Officer Walsh head-on and did, in fact, collide with his cruiser.  The suspect quickly fled on foot.  Officer Walsh gave chase and was able to catch up with the suspect and take him into custody without incident.  This is just one example of Officer Walsh’s work product during the 2nd quarter of 2011!

Officer Walsh came to the Irvine Police Department in 2004 after serving for eight years in the United States Marine Corps where he achieved the rank of Sergeant.  Officer Walsh has incorporated his prior experience into his work at Irvine.  He assists officers with firearms training, works with new officers during their orientation, and has even volunteered to participate in a study conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Congratulations Officer Walsh!