Clawson Police Department names Officer of the Year

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published June 11, 2019

 Officer Steven Haley, left, and Clawson Police Chief Scott Sarvello, right, stand inside the city building after Haley received the recognition of Officer of the Year May 21.

Officer Steven Haley, left, and Clawson Police Chief Scott Sarvello, right, stand inside the city building after Haley received the recognition of Officer of the Year May 21.

Photo provided by the Clawson Police Department

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CLAWSON — During the May 21 Clawson City Council meeting, Clawson Police Chief Scott Sarvello presented Officer Steven Haley with the 2018 Officer of the Year pin and certificate.

Supervisors and officers annually submit the names of those they feel should be considered for the top honor, and the award committee reviews nominations and makes a recommendation.

Haley began with the Clawson Police Department on July 7, 2014, after graduating from the Macomb Police Academy. Since then, he has worked to become both an evidence technician and a field training officer, most recently working with new hires.

“He attended technical medical response for first responders, which sadly enough in this day and age for police officers is very important,” Sarvello said. “Steven strives every day to do a great job as a Clawson police officer and as a role model for others in our department.”

Sarvello said Haley is diligent in his efforts to inspect equipment, make suggestions for change or improvement, and is not afraid to speak his mind.

“He’s always looking at ways to keep our equipment up to date, especially when it comes to officer safety issues,” Sarvello said. “He’s continuously monitoring the medical bags that we carry in our cars for the safety concerns of our officers and our citizens.”

Sarvello added that a major project Haley undertook was procuring outer vests for all the police officers in the department. The vests eliminate the weight off officers’ backs and help improve mobility, especially when entering and exiting their vehicles.

“Steven not only brought this idea forward, he worked endless hours on his own time meeting with different vendors, phone calls, emails. He was on midnights, so he was doing it during the day, missing sleep,” Sarvello said. “He really put a lot of effort into this program, which thankfully went through last year, and council was gracious enough to vote that program in and get us the money for our department.”

Haley said he first learned about the nomination a few months ago and that his initial reaction was shock.

“I’m pretty honored to have the recognition for it,” Haley said. “It’s not something you really plan for.”

He said he was drawn to a career in law enforcement because it feels like he is doing something meaningful.

“I can’t change the world, but if you can just help that one person, it kind of makes it worthwhile,” he said. “(Clawson) is a nice little community. Everybody seems to know everybody, and it’s got that hometown feel.”

He said he began researching the outer vests almost two years ago while on the safety committee for the union. An officer who was suffering back issues requested that the department look into it.

“I put all of my effort into it because I wanted this to happen, and thankfully, it all worked out,” Haley said.

Haley’s peers describe him as “hardworking,” “ethical” and “self-motivated.”

“I am very proud to be presenting Steven Haley with the Officer of the Year pin for 2018 and certificate,” Sarvello said. “Steven can proudly wear this pin on his uniform daily, and his family should be proud of the officer that he has become.”

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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