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Officer of the Year 2013

Officer John McGahan

Officer John McGahan began his career with the Lincoln Police Department twenty-two years ago, yet approaches his work today with the same drive and tenacity that he exhibited in August of 1990. He is one of the first on his shift to arrive at work and is one of the last to leave at the end of his tour. His accomplishments over the past year certainly indicate that he keeps himself busy in those hours in-between: John issued 1500 citations, arrested 76 DUI's, made 34 felony arrests and 207 misdemeanor arrests. In addition, he produced over 800 reports documenting his activity. If those numbers are not impressive enough, one must stop to think that all this work was accomplished over a span of just over eleven months. The remainder of the year found Officer McGahan teaching at various police functions.

Officer McGahan is quick to assist other officers with their calls for service and is one of the first to volunteer to take a call for another officer who may be backed up on reports or scheduled to go off duty soon. It is not uncommon at all to see John lending an investigative hand to another officer to help solve a case. This is simply instinct to John, who has been a Field Training Officer off and on for over two decades, selected as FTO of the Year in 2004 and also did a three-year rotation as the FTO Coordinator. Training others is what drives John. Besides training new recruits during their FTO phase, John also teaches the DUI investigation portion of the LPD recruit academy and is considered an expert on the subject. He is a certified expert in the field of drug recognition and is called upon to teach on the subject state-wide.

John possesses a strong work ethic which enabled him to investigate a couple of very serious crimes last year - both to successful ends. One case involved a suspect who held a child at knife point during a domestic disturbance. The child was rescued unharmed and the suspect went to jail on several felony charges. In the other case involving sex crimes, the suspect initially gave John a fictitious name, hoping to throw Officer McGahan off-track. This only fueled John further and he ultimately tracked the suspect for days until locating him and arresting him for several crimes. To say that John is driven and hard-working is an understatement. He is the type of officer you'd want to investigate your case if you were the victim. He is the type of officer you'd want to back you at a call for service. He is the type of officer who is willing to give up his time to help others. Officer John McGahan is the type of officer the Awards Committee feels is worthy of the 2013 LPD Officer of the Year Award.