By Carolyn Marnon – The Wayne Police Department reports that Officer Michael Bolton has been selected as the 2019 Police Officer of the Year. Officer Bolton was nominated by his peers. He was nominated and selected for his tremendous work ethic. He is a role model for younger officers. Outstanding arrests last year include a home invasion suspect and a suspect involved in a very serious assault. Officer Bolton will be presented with the award when the health crisis has abated and it is safe to resume city council meetings.
“I am very honored to have been selected as the Wayne Police Department’s 2019 Police Officer of the Year,” Officer Bolton said. “There were many qualified nominees, and I am very humbled to have been selected by my peers. I look forward to continuing to work together with the citizens of Wayne to work toward the development and growth of our community.”
To Officer Bolton also commented on how COVID-19 is affecting him as a first responder. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a sense of fear among our officers. I worry for the safety and the lives of all my coworkers as we are constantly subjected to the unknown. Nobody wants to be a statistic, but unfortunately for our job, we can’t walk away from it. That’s why our department and Chief Strong support Governor Whitmer’s order to STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, and SAVE LIVES.” The Awards Committee that chose Officer Bolton has also voted on several other awards related to specific incidents. The WPD will share those awards in the coming weeks.