November 2019 - Michael Bender, Detective
Detective Michael Bender
I wish to extend my appreciation and congratulations to you on your nomination and selection as the Novi Public Safety Employee of the Month – November 2019. You were nominated because of your keen attention to detail, investigative skills, and relentless follow-up on a lengthy Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) investigation.
On August 21, 2019, you received a complaint from the South Lyon Police Department regarding a CSC involving two minor children who lived in Novi from 2015 to 2017. Your investigation determined that the assaults on the minor children occurred in both Novi and South Lyon, for a period of three years. During your investigation, you were able to uncover similar allegations of CSC between the suspect and two additional minor children in the City of South Lyon which occurred in 2014. Because of your hard work, determination, and thorough investigation, you were able to obtain multiple count charges on the suspect for CSC 1st and 2nd on the two Novi victims, as well as assist the South Lyon Police Department in obtaining multiple count CSC 1st and 2nd charges on their young victims.
Mike, your persistent follow-up, conscientious investigative efforts, and meticulous attention to detail, are in line with the highest standards of the Novi Public Safety Team. Your efforts offer closure and the beginning of the healing process to the victims of this deplorable citizen. All the men and women of the Novi Police and Fire Departments congratulate you on being named November Public Safety Employee of the month.
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