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Public Safety Employee of the Month

Public Safety Employee of the Month

April 2017

Michael WaltonThe Novi Public Safety Administration would like to extend their appreciation and congratulations to Officer Michael Walton on his nomination and selection as the Novi Public safety Employee of the Month – April, 2017. Officer Walton was nominated by Director of Public Safety / Chief of Police David E. Molloy and selected by the Implementation Committee for this relentless follow-up and assessment during a traffic stop.

On April 29, 2017, at approximately 9:36pm, Officer  Michael Walton conducted a traffic stop on a speeding motorist in the area  of Meadowbrook Road and Nine Mile Road. Officer Walton made contact with the driver and subsequently arrested him for driving while license suspended {DWLS).

During a search of the driver's vehicle incident to arrest, a Springfield Armory 9mm pistol was found in the glove  box.  In addition, twenty-four marijuana plants were  also located in the back seat of the vehicle.

Officer Walton, focused on relentless follow-up and  assessment, conducted an interview  of the driver who admitted he was on his way home  from Grand Rapids where  he was supposed to meet  with a potential buyer for the marijuana plants; apparently the buyer never  showed up.  The driver also admitted that the gun found  in the glove  box was his, to which he had  no concealed pistol license to legally carry it.

Officer Walton's  case was submitted to the Oakland County Prosecutor for review  and the following charges were authorized:

•   Count 1 - Carry Concealed-Weapon
•   Count 2 - Controlled Substance- Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana
•   Count 3 - Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
•   Count 4 - OWLS 2nd offense

The driver was later arraigned and  was released after posting a $1 ,500.00 bond. His case is pending in the judicial system.

This case is an outstanding example of where a traffic stop and  DWLS arrest can  turn into a felony  arrest and  the removal of a deadly weapon from the street. Officer  Walton did an excellent job gleaning information from the suspect which  helped bolster his charges. It is with a great deal of pride  that Officer Michael Walton was selected as our Public Safety Employee of the Month.
 

Previous Employees of the Month

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