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Public Safety Employee of the Month

Public Safety Employee of the Month

April 2018

Picture of Detective Michael Bender
Public Safety Employee of the Month - Detective Micheal Bender
The Novi Public Safety Administration would like to extend their appreciation and congratulations to Detective Michael Bender on his nomination and selection as the Novi Public Safety Employee of the Month – April 2018.  Detective Bender was nominated by Detective Sergeant Kevin Gilmore and selected by the Implementation Committee for his professionalism, thoroughness and relentless follow-up on a recent criminal sexual conduct investigation.
On January 9, 2018, Detective Bender was called in while he was off duty to assist with an investigation.  It had been reported that a 15 year old, autistic, male had been sexually assaulted by a 54 year old male who he met in an online chat room.   Within hours of the assault, Detective Bender was able to determine the location where the suspect was temporarily living and make an arrest based upon probable cause.  Once the suspect was brought to the police department, Detective Bender conducted a thorough and detailed interview and obtained a complete confession.  Additionally, Detective Bender was able to get the suspect to admit to a prior sexual act with the same victim months earlier. Detective Bender’s investigation included meticulous forensic interviews, as well as biological and electronic evidence recovery and processing.
On March 29, 2018, the suspect pled guilty to four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree and was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in State Prison. The suspect is not eligible for parole until 2023 and will not be released until 2033 if he serves his full sentence.
Detective Michael bender continually exemplifies the City of Novi Police Department’s Mission, Vision and Values, with relentless follow-up and assessment of all cases assigned to him. As one of our most skilled investigators, Detective Bender is a true asset to our Public Safety team.  We applaud him on his work ethic, attention to detail, and investigative skills.  The Public Safety Administration joins all fire and police personnel congratulate Detective Michael bender on being named Public Safety Employee of the Month – April, 2018. 

Previous Employees of the Month

March 2018 - Administrative Assistant Renee Landis

February 2018 - Zahi Kassab 

January 2018 - Suzan Yacoub

December 2017 - Bill Dokianos

November 2017 - Steve Tallman

October 2017 - Detective Sergeant Scott Baetens, Detective Randy Mince and Property Officer Joe Hetu

September 2017 - Mike Wilson

August 2017 - Bob Manar

July 2017 - Kevin Rhea

June 2017 - Scott Woodley

May 2017 - Julie Warren

April 2017 - Michael Walton

March 2017 - Scott Discher

February 2017 - Michael Warren

January 2017 - Alan Patterson

December 2016 - Renee Landis

November 2016 - Bob Manar

October 2016 - Carol Westfall

September 2016 - Kristie Gruenwald

July 2016 - Alisa Brown

June 2016 - Mark Theisen

April 2016 - Karen Assaf

March 2016 - Kristie Gruenwald

February 2016 - Michael Daisley

January 2016 - Greg Lis

December 2015 - Paul Leslie

November 2015 - Michael Bender

October 2015 - Janet Kaplan

September 2015 - Brady Rees

August 2015 - Steven Snell

July 2015 - Karen Patterson

June 2015 - Joshua Chapman

May 2015 - Jon Zabick

April 2015 - Scott Tewes

March 2015 - Joe Carpenter

February 2015 - Jason Bergtold

January 2015 - Phil Duczyminski

December 2014 - Joe Shelton

November 2014 - Josh Bunse

October 2014 - Steve Patterson

September 2014 - Todd Seog

August 2014 - Gerylann Garris

July 2014 - Michael Daisley

June 2014 - Randy Mince

May 2014 - Scott Tewes

April 2014 - Karen Assaf

March 2014 - Kristie Gruenwald

February 2014 - Brandon Bidus

January 2014 - Steve Balog