Officer Recognition

2015 Police Officer of the Year


Patrolman Marc Povlosky was selected “2015 Police Officer of the Year “for his dedication and commitment to the department, the community and his profession. Officer Povlosky received the award by a majority vote of his fellow Officers. This is a very prestigious award and Officer Povlosky is certainly deserving of the honor. Before the vote is taken each Officer is reminded of the criteria to be considered while voting for the Officer they believed to have demonstrated the following:

“A quality work ethic, a high degree of professionalism, motivation, dedication and integrity. Enhancing the police image and distinguishing themselves within the law enforcement community.”

Officer Povlosky was hired in November 2013 as a Class II Officer and was promoted to Patrolman in July 2014. Officer Povlosky earned this award in the shortest amount of time on the job than any other officer to have received the award.

Congratulations Officer Povlosky!

Officer Rick Drappi Award


Officer Ed Kunder was selected for his dedication and commitment to the department, the community and his profession. This is a very prestigious award and Officer Kunder is certainly deserving of the honor.

Officer Ed Kunder joined the Stafford Township Police Department in July 2007. Officer Kunder has received numerous commendations and service medals that include the Police Medal of Excellence and Firearms award.

This award is voted on by all sworn and non-sworn police department employees who select the officer who best fulfilled the following criteria: “Police officer who has shown unselfish dedication, pride, and concern for others as Officer Drappi lived every day.”

Congratulations Officer Kunder!


2014 Police Officer of the Year & 2014 Officer Rick Drappi Award


For the first time in the agency’s history of selecting both the Officer of the year and the Officer Rick Drappi Award the same Officer was selected by a majority vote to receive both prestigious distinctions.

Officer Ed Kunder was selected for his dedication and commitment to the department, the community and his profession. These are very prestigious awards and Officer Kunder is certainly deserving of the honors.

Officer Ed Kunder joined the Stafford Township Police Department in July 2007. Officer Kunder has received numerous commendations and service medals that include the Police Medal of Excellence and Firearms award.

“A Quality work ethic, a high degree of professionalism, motivation, dedication and integrity. Enhancing the police image and distinguishing themselves within the law enforcement community.”

“Police officer who has shown unselfish dedication, pride, and concern for others as Officer Drappi did.”

Congratulations Officer Kunder!

2013 Police Officer of the Year


Patrolman Russell Griffin was selected “2013 Police Officer of the Year “ for his dedication and commitment to the department, the community and his profession." Officer Griffin received the award by a majority vote of his fellow Officers. This is a very prestigious award and Officer Griffin is certainly deserving of the honor. Before the vote is taken each Officer is reminded of the criteria to be considered while voting for the Officer they believed to have demonstrated the following:

“A Quality work ethic, a high degree of professionalism, motivation, dedication and integrity. Enhancing the police image and distinguishing themselves within the law enforcement community.”

Congratulations Officer Griffin!

2013 Officer Rick Drappi Award


For a third time Community Policing Officer Chris Fritz was the recipient of the 2013 Rick Drappi Award. Officer Fritz received the award in 2010 and 2011. This award was named after Stafford Township Police Officer Rick Drappi who died in an accident in 1978. The award is voted on each year by all police department personnel for the Officer who’s conduct and character most emulated that of Officer Drappi. The criteria for the award is as follows;

“Police officer who has shown unselfish dedication, pride, and concern for others as Officer Drappi did.”

Congratulation Officer Fritz!

Reprinted from the Press Of Atlantic City 03/21/2012
Two Stafford Township Police Officers received awards this month after fellow officers recognized them for their daily efforts while on duty. Police Officer Keith Oler was selected as the department’s Police Office of the Year, said Police Chief Joseph Giberson. Oler returned to work in July 2010 after he was laid off in March 2010 as part of a cost saving measure during a budget shortfall in the township. Last month, Oler’s fellow officers voted him Officer of the Year for having demonstrated quality work ethics, a high degree of professionalism, motivation, dedication, and integrity. The award also recognizes officers for enhancing the police image and distinguishing themselves with the law enforcement community. Oler has been on the force since October 2007 and previously worked in the Ship Bottom Police Department. “He is the epitome of all the qualifications for this award. The big thing for this award is enhancing police image and Keith does that every day”, Giberson said. Oler said he is honored to have received the award, especially since he was selected by his fellow officers. It’s an eye opener for me to be laid off and to come back and get this award. It’s tough to explain. It’s an honor” Oler said.

DARE Officer Chris Fritz received the Rick Drappi Award named in honor of Drappi a former Stafford Township police officer who was killed in an off-duty motor vehicle accident. The award is given to a police officer who has shown unselfish dedication, pride and concern for others. “Chris is the all-around officer. no matter what the circumstances are he is always there to help. You’ll never get a no from him. He’s dedicated to the community, the children and schools, “Giberson said. Fritz said he takes a lot of heat from fellow officers through the year because as the township’s community policing officer he’s not on the road performing typical patrol duties. “It’s nice at the end of the year they’re the ones voting for me. It’s pretty cool that the guys respect what I do,” Fritz said.
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