Detective Sean Ford named Concord’s officer of the year
The Concord Police Department named Detective Sean Ford as Police Officer of the Year for 2013 " in recognition of his high degree of motivation and dedication, commitment to service to the public, positive attitude and contributions to the Department."
The Concord Police Department named dispatcher Katie OâNeil as 2013 Civilian Employee of the Year "in recognition of her extraordinary efforts in the performance of her duties."
Detective Sean Ford, the investigator assigned to some of Concord’s highest-profile crimes of the past year including bank robberies and sexual assaults, has been recognized as the city’s officer of the year.
“During the course of the last 12 months in particular, he took on some very significant felony-level cases, one after the other,” Concord police Chief John Duval said of Ford. “His success rate in bringing these cases to a conclusion was quite remarkable.”
Those cases include the investigation into youth baseball coach Bob Joubert, who is facing allegations of sexual assault that now span two decades and three courts. Duval said that case highlights many of Ford’s strengths: coordinating with other departments, building rapport with suspects and victims alike and processing daunting amounts of evidence that in some instances is years old.
“He has a knack of talking to people,” Duval said. “He builds a trusting relationship, and those type of investigators become highly successful.”
Duval said Ford also investigated two bank robberies within a year of each other at the South Street Citizen’s Bank. In one case, the police made an arrest within 30 hours. In the other they had someone in custody within about a week, Duval said.
Ford also solved 14 local burglaries that took place over six months, said Duval, who added the detective found out that all of the incidents were connected to the same group.
Ford, who was not available for an interview, has been with the department since 1998. He’s worked in the criminal investigations unit for the last 12 years.
The police also named dispatcher Katie O’Neil as civilian employee of the year. Duval said that just this past weekend, O’Neil’s alertness and ability to multitask paid off when she spotted, on a live video feed in the dispatch center, five suspicious people in the downtown Capital Commons parking garage. Officers quickly arrived to the scene and were able to arrest five teens, who have been charged with vandalizing several vehicles.
O’Neil has been with the department since 2005.
“She’s a bright, young, intelligent, capable person who always has a positive attitude and enthusiasm to put forth her best work,” Duval said. “She is a true asset.”