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Gerhard Honored as Officer of Month

PFC Tara Gerhard receives her award from Capt. Ed O’Carroll.

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.”