February 1, 2011 > Michael Carpenter, Police Officer of the Year
Michael Carpenter, Police Officer of the Year
Submitted by Hayward Chamber of Commerce
Photo by Simon Wong
Officer Michael Carpenter's 10 years of service to Hayward Police Department (HPD) are notable for his dedication to professionalism and community service. The son of retired HPD Officer Bruce Carpenter, he has served as a field training officer, hostage negotiator, school resource officer and a district command officer.
From his first year, when he received the 1998 Rookie Reserve officer of the Year Award, Carpenter has demonstrated a patient and professional approach to his duty to HPD and his community.
A recent example of his consistently thorough police work occurred in August 2010. He discovered a pattern of gasoline thefts from vehicles at various companies in a Hayward business park. He held a community meeting of businesses to discuss the thefts, implement safety and preventive measures and form a neighborhood watch. The criminal activity was reduced drastically and Carpenter's efforts helped establish an important relationship between the police department and local business.
Such attention to detail and follow-up resulted in a commendation in 2008 when Carpenter joined the search for an elderly man who had been missing for 36 hours. Using night vision equipment in an exhaustive search in a wooded creek area, he located the missing person suffering from hypothermia and dehydration but alive.
In his current position as a district officer, carpenter exercises extraordinary leadership and professional skill in investigating crime trends, solving problems and building relationships with city staff and community members.
His dedication to community service extends to his off-duty life. He has been a coach for the Junior Giants Rookie Ball program sponsored by the San Francisco Giants, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District and HPD. He is in his element in this program which stresses development above winning and losing. When children see in uniform on the street, they address him as "Coach Mike."
"Mike is caring and compassionate," said retired HPD Sgt. Ted Muniz. "In my heart, I truly believe he is what every member of the HPD strives to be."
Carpenter received his award, sponsored by St. Rose Hospital, at the Hayward Chamber of Commerce's 67th Annual Celebration Awards Gala at Cal State University, East Bay on January 22, 2011.