Police Officer receives National Award from the VFW
Surprise, AZ (September 2, 2015) On September 1, 2015, Surprise Police Officer Wendy Klarkowski was an honored recipient of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 285’s National Law Enforcement Public Service Citation. Officer Klarkowski was recognized at a recent Surprise City Council meeting for her dedication, commitment, and exemplary service to our community.
Officer Klarkowski, who is currently assigned as a School Resource Officer at the Shadow Ridge High School, became a police officer in 2010 and was selected to serve as an SRO in 2012. As one of her daily responsibilities, Officer Klarkowski ensures the safety of over 1,500 students and staff members at the school. Officer Klarkowski also serves as a liaison between the Surprise Police Department, the Shadow Ridge High School, and the Dysart School District.
Officer Klarkowski routinely performs her job duties and responsibilities with great pride and has successfully created a “Challenge Coin” program at school. The concept of this unique program, one of which embodies her own work ethic and dedication, comes from the military and police tradition of carrying coins that symbolize comradery, unity, and pride. Based on these traditions, she challenges her students to make positive life decisions and to become role models for others to follow. To be selected for the program, students must exhibit certain values each day; values such as commitment, honor, respect, integrity, and loyalty.
Officer Klarkowski started her career with the Surprise Police Department in 2006 as a Public Safety Communications Officer. In all her roles, job duties, and responsibilities with the department, Officer Klarkowski remains dedicated and committed to serving the community. Officer Klarkowski routinely exhibits extraordinary efficiency in completing her assigned tasks and consistently brings credit, not only to herself through her actions, but often to the entire noble profession of law enforcement. We are so very proud to have Officer Klarkowski in our community and serving as an integral part of our team here at the Surprise Police Department.