Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone is pleased to announce that in recognition of his outstanding and exceptional service to the department, Patrolman David A. Rhoades has been issued a “Letter of Appreciation” from the Amherst Police Department.
The Amherst Police Department has three types of official departmental recognition awards including a Letter of Commendation, Letter of Appreciation and a Letter of Merit. Nomination for any of these award letters must be received from fellow Amherst Police Officers. The nomination recommendation is then referred to a Review Committee, comprised of five police officers, who evaluate and determine whether the act fits the strict criteria for recognition. As these awards are from peers, this formal acknowledgement is a true testament to an Amherst Police Officers extraordinary service to the department.
Patrolman Rhoades has been a member of the Amherst Police Department since 1993. Recognizing the need for the department to have a resource for police officers and their families to address emotional and physical stressors that are part of being in the law enforcement profession, Patrolman Rhoades developed the Peer Support Program at the Amherst Police Department. Patrolman Rhoades, who is the team leader of the Peer Support Team, assists Amherst Police Officers who are in need. This peer to peer program has been successful as members of the department are willing to reach out to fellow officers for assistance. The Peer Support Program developed by Patrolman Rhoades has been used as a model for other law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts. His commitment and conscientious efforts to the development of the Peer Support Program have brought credit not only to Patrolman Rhoades, but to the entire Amherst Police Department.