Police Officer of the Year
Jimmy Rexroad began his career with the Pinellas Park Police Department in October of 1987. Prior to becoming a Police Officer with our department, he was a member of the United States Marine Corps. Officer Rexroad has had a distinctive career with our department and has received many awards and recognitions. he was nominated for the Officer of the year in 1990, 1994, 2002, 2008, and 2013. He was awarded employee of the Quarter in 1997. In 1995, Officer Rexroad received the department’s Excellence in Prevention Award. Additionally, Officer Rexroad has received five Performance Recognition Awards, four Letters of Merit, one Chiefs Commendation Award, three Distinguished Service Recognitions, and one Meritorious Service Award. Officer Rexroad also attended St. Leo College and earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminology with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude.
Officer Rexroad has served as the Police Department’s first community policing bicycle officer. He also served as a swat team member, child abuse investigator, and crime prevention officer. After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Officer Rexroad focused on homeland security and safety teaching security in the community. Due to Officer Rexroad’s efforts, the Pinellas Park Police Department was the number one agency in the State of Florida for the amount of donations collected for the Special Olympics.
Officer Rexroad is the second most senior police officer in the agency. Despite the generation gap, he interacts with the junior members of the shift and finds ways to help and mentors them. He gives them advise and direction that they use day to day. He contributes in read-off, answers their questions when they call him, and also sets a good example of how a senior officer in our agency should act. Junior officers respect and feel comfortable around him. He is very productive during his duty time and handles calls as soon as they are available. Officer Rexroad always looks for ways to be proactive. He recently volunteered to extra patrol areas indicated as hot spots in our new predictive policing program. his peers and supervisors have admired him for his courage.
In his off time, Officer Rexroad is very involved with his family and in the community. He is the proud husband and father to his two daughters, and a leader in his church. He volunteers his time to raise money for a variety of charitable organizations. This year he volunteered for a walk-a-thon for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and taught in the Great American Teach-in. He annually participates in fundraising and riding in the Police Unity Tour, a 300 mile bike ride from Virginia to Washington, D.C.
Officer Rexroad is a first-rate police officer who has served the department and his community selflessly over the years. He is reliable and can be depended upon to perform 100% in the day to day operations no matter outside circumstances. It is for these many reasons that Officer Jimmy Rexroad is the 2015 Pinellas Park Police Officer of the Year.
Again, we congratulate Officer Rexroad for his accomplishments.
Past Officer of the Year Award recipients:
2014 Corporal Scott Galley
2013 Detective Dave Plageman
2012 Lieutenant Adam Geissenberger
2011 Officer Steve Vangeli (Retired)
2010 Detective Michael Piacenza
2009 Detective E. J. Stevens (Retired)
2008 Sergeant Dean LoBianco
2007 Sergeant Michael Lynch
2006 Corporal Michael Bingnear
2005 Lieutenant Paul Andrews (retired)
2004 Captain 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 Chief Michael Haworth
1994 Captain 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 Dorene Thomas (Retired)
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)