The Exchange Club of Danbury has held its 15th annual Police Officer of the Year Award. This year's Officer of the Year is Detective Rachel Halas, a 17-year veteran of the Department.
She started in the Patrol Division and worked her way through Community Services Division Bike Patrol up to Detective in 2000. Selection Committee Chair Joseph DaSilva says Halas currently works in the Special Victims Unit, which had been the Youth Bureau.
DaSilva says Detective Halas’s police work frequently involves investigating heinous crimes committed against children and has resulted in the removal of violent criminals from the streets. He says her work with outside social agencies has also been instrumental in improving care provided for families in Danbury.
Detective Halas has taken active leadership roles in community activities such as the Special Olympics Tip-a-Cop and Torch Run events, PAL charity fundraisers, as well as the Danbury Fire Department’s Annual Children’s Fishing Derby among others.
DaSilva says it's obvious of the pride and respect she has for her job. He adds that Detective Halas constantly and consistently demonstrates her commitment to the community in which she works and lives.