Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the Mayor's Award of Excellence for March to Investigator Jason Adams of the Lincoln Police Department. 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.
Adams has been a Police Officer since 1997. Sergeant Sandra Myers nominated him in the category of productivity for his investigations into financial thefts, scams and cases of embezzlement and counterfeiting. In 2010, Adams investigated scams with losses of more than $136,000. His work also resulted in embezzlement arrests with losses totaling more than $263,000; forgery arrests with losses totaling more than $62,000; and the clearing of identity theft cases with losses totaling more than $67,000. As the head of all counterfeit money investigations, Adams has developed good contacts with the Secret Service. Last year, he worked on 81 counterfeit cases reported to LPD and helped clear several of them.
While investigating the unauthorized use of credit and debit cards, Adams noticed that Lincolnites cards were being used outside of Nebraska while they still had possession of them. Working with local financial institutions, Jason found the common denominator was a local golf course. With the help of LPD's Electronic Evidence Recovery officer, an image of the compromised computer was sent to the Federal Cyber Crimes Task Force who is now working on the case. The loss to citizens and financial institutions is more than $750,000.
Jason works with larger police departments nationwide to investigate re-shipping and financial scams. He educates victims and the general public on avoiding scams and identity theft. Adams also is involved with LPD's Field Force team and the Lincoln Metro Clandestine Lab Team.
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, loss prevention, safety and valor. Consideration also may be given to nominations that demonstrate self-initiated accomplishments or those completed outside of the nominee's job description. All City employees are eligible for the Mayor's Award of Excellence except for elected and appointed officials. Individuals or teams can be nominated by supervisors, peers, subordinates and the general public.
Nomination forms are available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: personnel) or 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.