Mayor Chris Beutler today will present the Mayor's Award of Excellence for May to Police Officer Launa Groves who works in the Forensic Identification Unit of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD). The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at the beginning of the City Council meeting at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street. The monthly award recognizes City employees who consistently provide exemplary service and work that demonstrates personal commitment to the City.
Groves is a certified Latent Print Examiner through the International Association for Identification. Forensic Lab Manager Erin Sims nominated her in the categories of productivity and safety by for her recent work on three specific cases, which led to the clearance of six armed robberies and four gun store burglaries:
Sims said numerous officers and investigators did good work on the cases. But, she wrote, "Officer Groves provided the missing pieces that gave investigators the information they needed to focus their investigation and resources on the parties responsible, and stopping these criminals from committing future violent gun related offenses."
The other categories in which employees can be nominated are customer relations, valor and loss prevention. 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 award 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: hr) or from department heads, employee bulletin boards or the Human Resources Department, which oversees the awards program.
All nominations are considered 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 $50 gift certificate, a day off with pay and a plaque. All monthly winners and nominees are eligible to receive the annual award, which comes with a $250 gift certificate, two days off with pay and a plaque.