City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today presented the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for July to Officer John Amen of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD). The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City. The award was presented at the beginning of today’s City Council meeting.
Officer Amen has been employed with LPD since September 1985. He was nominated in the category of productivity by Police Sergeant Joseph Wright. Wright said in his nomination that Officer Amen felt that officers were spending too much time filling out the accident reports by hand. Amen knew that if the reports could be computerized in some fashion, officers could do more work in less time and the reports would be easier to read.
“John Amen took it upon himself to design a template for each page of our state accident report and load the templates into the computers at our department’s work stations,” wrote Wright in his nomination. “John also scanned the diagrams of all the major intersections for the eastern half of the City into our computers making accurate pre-drawn pictures available to all officers. When investigating an accident, officers are now able to go to any computer at the Police substations and type in the information required by the State, quickly tabbing from field-to-field. Officers can keystroke the narrative portion of the report and then find the intersection where the accident occurred and drag the diagram onto the back of the report.”
“Fellow officers who have begun to regularly use John’s system tell me they can complete four accident reports in the time to that it normally took them to finish one,” Wright continued in his nomination. “This is a 200 percent increase in productivity. Our Duty Commanders who review our reports enjoy the neatness and professional look of the new reports, fewer errors are made and the reports go to our Records Unit in a more timely fashion.
According to Sergeant Wright, Officer Amen spent countless hours of his own time to make one of the most time-consuming parts of the street officer’s job become much easier. Wright feels that Officer Amen’s hard work has dramatically increased officer work performance and productivity, as well as increased accuracy of the data reported to the State.
“A happy consequence of John’s effort to make his fellow officer’s job easier is our Department, as a whole, looks much more professional and efficient. When a citizen comes to our Records Unit or visits our web page to retrieve a copy of an accident report, they see a computer generated form which, in terms of legibility and quality, has no equal anywhere in our state.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are loss prevention, safety, customer relations and valor. All City employees are eligible for the Mayor’s Award of Excellence except for elected officials and some managers. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public. Nomination forms are available from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Personnel Department, which oversees the awards program.
All nominations are reviewed by the Mayor’s Award of Excellence Committee, which includes a representative with each union and a non-union representative appointed by the Mayor. Award winners receive a $100 U.S. savings bond, a day off with pay and a plaque. Monthly winners are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $500 U.S. savings bond, two days off with pay and a plaque.