January 7, 2011 > Milpitas Police Officer of the Year
Milpitas Police Officer of the Year
Submitted by Milpitas Police Chief Dennis Graham
Photo Courtesy of Milpitas PD
Milpitas Police Department has named Officer Mitch Timko as the 2010 Milpitas Police Officer of the Year. Officer Timko joined the Milpitas Police Department on December 2, 2001, and has served in Patrol Services his entire career.
Among Officer Timko's many accomplishments in 2010, an incident on January 16 of that year is especially noteworthy. A woman entered a Milpitas church holding a loaded revolver to her head and ordered parishioners to leave. Officer Timko engaged the woman in conversation for two hours; his calm, sincere manner and non-stop conversation with the woman eventually convinced her to put down the gun, which was cocked and ready to be fired.
It was later discovered that the woman had left a suicide note in her car, with notes for her family and written funeral instructions. As a result of Officer Timko's actions, the woman survived this acute crisis and was able to receive mental health care rather than carry out her suicidal plans. Officer Timko will also receive recognition from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on January 11 as a Crisis Intervention Officer of the Year selectee.
Throughout 2010 Officer Timko worked to identify and calm gang tensions in a Milpitas neighborhood, developing rapport with gang members and the trust of the residents affected by such activity. Citizens frequently ask for Officer Timko to stop by their street. His neighborhood contact has made him a gang-knowledge resource for other officers and has helped to substantially reduce violence in Milpitas.
In August Officer Timko investigated a commercial burglary. Surveying evidence at the crime scene, He concluded that it was very likely that the suspects would return at a later time and developed a successful plan to apprehend the suspects. When the suspects returned to attempt a second break-in, they were arrested.
Chief Dennis Graham told TCV, "Officer Timko exemplifies the Milpitas Police Department's commitment to community policing. On numerous occasions he has generated citizen compliments when he has gone out of his way to provide service touches above and beyond his duties,"
Congratulations to Officer Timko on an outstanding year.