2016 American Legion Hill-Gazette Post Honors AHPD Officer of the Year

Last Saturday night Officer Martin Mikolajczyk was honored by the Hill-Gazette Legion Post of Auburn Hills as their Officer of the Year.  He was nominated by Lt. Ryan Gagnon, Operations Division Commander:

On behalf of the entire command staff at the Auburn Hills Police Department, it is our honor to nominate Officer Martin Mikolajczak for the Michigan American Legion Department Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.  Our staff considered who best represented the qualities of professionalism, dedication and service to the community.   Officer Mikolajczak has exceeded our standards and has demonstrated all of these qualities.  It is our honor to recommend him for this distinguished award.

Officer Mikolajczak was born in Poland, Europe.  He moved to the United States in 2001 with the idea of being a law enforcement officer.  Officer Mikolajczak enrolled in a criminal justice program at Macomb Community College.  While in school he participated in an internship with the Warren Police Department.  This experience assured Officer Mikolajczak that he had made the right career choice.   After receiving his associate degree in criminal justice, Officer Mikolajczak enrolled in the Macomb Police Academy and graduated with honors in 2010.

Officer Mikolajczak started his police career at the Rock Hill Police Department in South Carolina.  This was a great professional experience for him.  In April of 2012, Officer Mikolajczak relocated to the City of Auburn Hills and started working for our Police Department.   Officer Mikolajczak indicated that he enjoys working for Auburn Hills, as our agency not only enforces the law but also focuses on community related issues and their residents.

For approximately 3 years, Officer Mikolajczak has been assigned to road patrol working both the afternoon shift and midnight shift.   Officer Mikolajczak has developed good working relationships with his co-workers and the community he serves.

Officer Mikolajczak is currently on the midnight shift, where he indicates the shift offers him an opportunity develop and master his investigation skills.

Both of Officer Mikolajczak’s shift sergeants indicate that he has grown tremendously as an officer.  Officer Mikolajczak demonstrates a positive attitude related to his commitment to performing professional services to the community.  Officer Mikolajczak is a motivated officer and comes to work each night to greet people with a smile.

Officer Mikolajczak has assisted new officers on the midnight shift in their training and development.  He has become a leader on the midnight shift and has consistently been leading his shift in the number of arrests and traffic citations.

Officer Mikolajczak is a fine example of a person living up to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics:

The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics states:

“As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder and to respect the Constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice”

Officer Mikolajczak values his family and his law enforcement profession.  He and his wife Anna have one daughter Julia and new son.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and sport cars.

Recently, Officer Mikolajczak was selected become part of the Southeast Oakland County Crash Investigative Team.  We look forward to his contributions on this multi-jurisdiction crash investigation team.

Officer Mikolajczak is proud and considers it to be an honor to be part of the Auburn Hills Police Department.  It is for these reasons, that we nominate Martin Mikolajczak for the Michigan American Legion Department of Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Thank you for your consideration.


Lt. Ryan Gagnon

Operations Division Commander

Auburn Hills Police Department  

Also honored as Firefighter of the Year was AHFD Firefighter Brian Shembeck.

Here are some photos:

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