GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich Police Officer Jeremy Bussell was named Officer of the Month for April for his role in dealing with a suspicious package.
The Greenwich Police Department gave the following details of the action that earned Bussell the award.
"On March 26, 2014, an observant citizen saw something suspicious and called the Greenwich Police," a statement said. "Bussell was the first officer on scene and used his training and experience to evaluate the situation with the best interest of public safety in mind. He noted the presence of specific possible indicators of an improvised explosive device and found it prudent to activate a full suspicious package protocol.
"This protocol requires a methodical and time-consuming investigation into the items and the situation. Investigation by subject matter experts in explosive devices and terrorist activities also responded. Ultimately, it was determined the bag was harmless."
Police Chief James Heavey applauded Bussell for his response that day.
“I commend Officer Bussell for his dedication to duty and professionalism. Police officers are so often called out to evaluate different situations that often are not nearly as severe as first reported," Heavey said in a statement. "Officers must investigate to determine the truth of the matter. These false alarms can lull the less disciplined amongst us into taking on an indifferent attitude and not treat each incident as a potentially serious issue.
"Officer Bussell resisted that all too human response and acted decisively with the best interest of the Greenwich citizens in mind. It’s just this type of diligence that we hope other first responders and citizens will emulate in keeping our community safe.”