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Brad Hanson, an officer with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Police Department, has been named the recipient of the STAR Award for July 2009. He has served the University since 1983. Police Chief Michael Melland nominated Hanson.

The nomination letter follows:

“Brad has served the University community for 25 years as a police officer. He embodies exactly what true community policing is all about.

“Brad possesses a combination of professionalism, ability, approachable demeanor and an honest desire to help people that is evident to anyone who has met him. Brad goes above and beyond in assuming the important duty of court officer as well as performing the duties of a police officer. His court assignment brings him into contact with the District Attorney’s Office and the court system on nearly a daily basis.

“Brad is respected by the court and by his peers. He goes above and beyond in reviewing and correcting fellow officers’ citations, accident reports and other paperwork when necessary, all without recognition or complaining. He uncomplainingly performs his assigned duties and always performs to the best of his ability with little or no supervision. Brad is a jewel, and UW Oshkosh is fortunate that he decided to remain here.

“After 25 years, this award would be long overdue. No UP officer has ever been recognized by the University for their dedication since the STAR Award was implemented.”

Winners of the STAR Award receive a framed certificate, a reserved parking space for one month and a gift from University Books & More. The award for exceptional performance is presented each month to a member of the classified staff who has worked at least six months at UW Oshkosh.

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