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WCPD officer honored with community service award
A West Chester Police officer was among a select group of Greater Cincinnati area law enforcement personnel and firefighters honored with the 2018 “Beyond the Call” awards.
Officer Michelle Berling, intelligence analyst, was presented with the Community Service & Problem Solving Award at the 14th annual “Beyond the Call Chapel Service” at Cincinnati Christian University. This year’s event recognized area public servants with awards across four categories, while also paying tribute to those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001 on the 17th anniversary of the attacks.
The Community Service and Problem Solving award is for honorees who, “go beyond the call,” by devoting themselves to an unusually high level of service to the community, engaging with others in a positive way to resolve issues.
“Officer Berling is the cornerstone to the success of our Community-led Policing philosophy with the West Chester Police Department and as such, is more than deserving of this award,” reads a nomination letter submitted on Officer Berling's behalf by her fellow WCPD colleagues.
“Over the past several years, Officer Berling turned her devotion to Community Affairs into her passion," the letter continues. "She engages all aspects of community involvement in her interactions with Lakota students, meetings with neighborhood watch groups, information sharing with multi-family housing representatives, as well as her involvement with the West Chester Police Citizens Police Academy and Academy Alumni."
Officer Berling has served with the department in various roles since 2002. After numerous years working in Community Affairs, she was recently assigned to the Crime Analysis Unit based on her strong analytical skills and ability to interact with officers and the community.