PFC Tara Gerhard receives her award from Capt. Ed O’Carroll.
Photo by Bonnie Hobbs.
As the Sully District Police Station’s crime-prevention officer, PFC Tara Gerhard normally knows in advance who’ll be honored as the station’s Officer of the Month at Citizens Advisory Committee meetings.
But until the Jan. 8 meeting began, that name was kept under wraps. That’s because the person honored last Wednesday was she. Capt. Ed O’Carroll, the station commander, presented a certificate to Gerhard and praised her while he did.
“There are several key positions that truly support the mission of a district station, and I’m fortunate to work with [such outstanding] staff here on a multitude of issues,” he said. “One key player that makes this station truly excel is our crime-prevention officer.”
O’Carroll said working with Gerhard is “truly remarkable. She’s on the front line and has started unique initiatives for the station, such as the Touch a Truck program [for children]. She’s also out engaging the community and involved in things such as Neighborhood Watch.”