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May 18, 2010 > Police Officer of the Year

Police Officer of the Year

By Shavon Walker

Union City Police Department's (UCPD) Sergeant Brandon Hayward was named Police Officer of the Year by his peers and honored by Council on May 11. Mayor Mark Green presented the proclamation. Sergeant Hayward was also honored by the Optimist Club of Newark on May 12.

"Brandon has had a wonderful career in Union City. He has done his job very well and received many commendations for his work. He's given himself to the community. It's a generational thing; his wife, Angela, and sons, Nathan and Owen, are involved with his good works. Brandon, we're very proud of you and wish you the best," Union City City Manager Larry Cheeves informed the audience.

Sergeant Hayward's career with UCPD began in 1998, after moving from Pacifica, and attained the rank of sergeant in 2009. He has worked as a Special Weapons and Tactics Team Hostage Negotiator, Field Training Officer and detective.

His community service extends to a number of organizations; he has been an Explorer Scout advisor, a coordinator for the Special Olympics and Tip-a-Cop. He has also played a role in other events such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Billboard Sit.

"Police Chief Greg Stewart said a few people would attend but I didn't expect so many," he said as the crowd chuckled. "I'd like to thank Council but ultimately I'd like to thank my co-workers. My parents taught me it is important to help people. That's probably why I do what I do. I'm proud to work in the City of Union City and I'm proud to be a Union City police officer," responded Sergeant Hayward on accepting the Proclamation.

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