Police Officer of the Year


Police Officer of the Year

John Shea began his law enforcement career with the Pinellas Park Police Department in 2009.  John served as a patrol officer until he was assigned as a patrol corporal in 2013. In 2014, John was assigned to his current role as a corporal in the Special Operations Section. During John’s tenure, he has exhibited his dedication through taking on numerous ancillary duties. Some of those being an Agency Armorer, Field Training Officer, Flood Response Team member, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Honor Guard member, SWAT Team member, and a Criminal Justice Academy Board Member at the Pinellas Park High School.

In the beginning of 2015, the Special Operations Supervisor was out of state for a period of three months at an agency training. During their absence, John assumed all the roles and responsibilities as a Sergeant and Section Supervisor. He performed admirably and kept the section working smoothly while keeping the morale of its members high.

In 2014, Cpl. Shea was tasked with the management of the department’s fleet vehicles. He spearheaded the task of conducting a complete inspection, installation, and repair of every In-Car Video system. He also led the project of selecting and purchasing our new In-Car Video Cpl. Shea responded to thirteen (13) traffic homicide investigations and took the lead investigator role in two of these investigations.

Cpl. Shea was a crucial part of multiple special crime suppression details throughout the year. This included a burglary suppression detail in the Mainlands community as well as another detail in the central portion of the city. This entailed adjusting his hours to overnight hours for a substantial span of time.

He also coordinated the agency’s Click It or Ticket wave in early 2015, which is no easy feat. No matter the task, Cpl. Shea is always willing to take on responsibilities that others may deem daunting. He provides superior service not only to our customers, but to his co-workers. He is dedicated to seeing a project or a mission through to its conclusion and does so. 

John’s integrity, service, professionalism, and dedication has not only benefited his own section, but the department as a whole. His performance as an outstanding officer and leader has not only touched every member of this agency, but the entire community. It is for these reasons, that Cpl. John Shea has been selected for 2016’s Officer of the Year.

Past Officer of the Year Award recipients:

2015 Officer Jimmy Rexroad
2014 Corporal Scott Galley
2013 Detective Dave Plageman
2012 Sergeant Adam Geissenberger
2011 Officer Steve Vangeli (Retired)
2010 Detective Michael Piacenza
2009 Detective E. J. Stevens
2008 Sergeant Dean LoBianco
2007 Sergeant Michael Lynch
2006 Detective Michael Bingnear
2005 Lieutenant Paul Andrews (retired)
2004 Sergeant Brian Unmisig
2003 Corporal Vernard "Rick" Wagner (retired)
2002 Officer James Bupp (retired)
2001 Officer Brian Cook
2000 Officer Craig Heneveld (retired)
1999  OfficerJohn McNeil (retired)
1998  Officer Robert A. Cook (retired)
1997 Sergeant Tracey Schofield (retired)
1996 Officer James P. Young (retired)
1995 Assistant Chief Michael Haworth
1994 Lieutenant Michael Darroch
1993 Detective Kathleen Nover (retired)
1992 Detective Corporal Kenneth Blessing (retired)
1991 Master Police Officer James Trehy (retired)
1990 Officer Robert Miller (retired)
1989 Officer Nicholas Delgrosso (retired)
1988 Chief of Police, Dorene Thomas
1987 Officer Winifred Ray Collins (retired)
1986 Sergeant Orville Hall (retired)
1985 Senior Police Officer Robert W. Cook (retired)
1984 Officer Daniel Hansen (retired)
1983 Officer Charles Prichard (retired)
1982 Captain John Green (retired)
1981 Captain Erik Sandvik (retired)
1980 Officer Frederick Jenkins (retired)
1979 Officer Frederick Jenkins (retired)
1978 Officer Richard Smith (retired)