During the recent Orange Police Award Ceremony, Dispatcher Scott Henderson was honored for his work during a burglary incident in July 2012.
Following is what was read during the presentation:
LETTER OF RECOGNITION
Dispatcher Scott Henderson
The Board of Police Commissioners is proud to award you this Letter of Recognition in connection with your diligence and prompt action in apprehending motor vehicle burglary suspects.
On July 28, 2012 at approximately 1:30 p.m., a resident of Fairway Road reported to police that a male had attempted to gain entry to her residence while she was at home. When he realized that the home owner was home, the male ran to a vehicle and fled the area. The home owner gave a detailed description of both the male and his vehicle.
Subsequently, a resident of Rainbow Trail called Orange Police dispatch and stated that a vehicle having the same description as the one in the Fairway Road incident had been driving slowly through the neighborhood for about fifteen minutes. Numerous units were quickly dispatched to that area by Dispatcher Scott Henderson.
Officer Brian Foote, who was off duty and on his way to work, was near this neighborhood and had heard the call on his scanner. Officer Foote responded to the area in his personal vehicle, located the suspicious car, and called dispatch to provide constant updates to the responding units regarding its location.
Dispatcher Henderson gave clear, timely updates to responding units until the suspects were detained. The victim homeowner from Fairway Road was brought to the scene and positively identified the operator as having been the male attempting to gain entry to her home earlier.
Milford Police had broadcast an attempted burglary approximately fifteen minutes prior to the incident on Fairway Road. Milford Police were contacted by Dispatcher Henderson and it was determined that the Milford home was also occupied at the time of the attempted burglary, the suspect had an identical description to our detained operator, and that the Milford incident location was a short distance away from the Fairway Road location.
Detectives from the Milford Police Department brought their victim homeowner to the scene and he positively identified the operator of the vehicle.
Dispatcher Henderson’s ability to coordinate and disseminate information received from victims and investigators via the 911 system, multiple radios, and routine telephone lines was instrumental in directing our resources to the appropriate locations, allowing the capture of these criminals before they could commit another crime.
The Board of Police Commissioners recognizes Dispatcher Scott Henderson’s diligence and dedication to duty.