On Tuesday May 12, 2015 the 22nd annual NAPO TOP COPS Awards ceremony was held in Washington, DC. This ceremony, often referred to as the academy awards of police work recognizes police officers from around the nation for their acts of heroism, valor, courage and dedication to duty. Officers are nominated from around the nation and the field is narrowed down to 10 final recipients.
Phoenix Police Officer Mike Lin was one of the 10 recipients of the annual TOP COPS Award for his actions during the early morning hours of March 3, 2014 while responding to emergency radio traffic of a burglary in progress near Downtown Phoenix.
While en-route to the call, he observed an adult male subject riding a bicycle with a four year old female wearing pajamas in his lap at the intersection of North 3rd Street and East Palm Lane. As the subject turned the corner, he nearly fell off the bicycle and rode away. Based on what he observed, Officer Lin decided to contact the subject, who did not stop, despite Officer Lin activating his emergency lights. Officer Lin was able to get ahead of the subject, cutting him off, and forcing him to stop.
Officer Lin observed the child crying and when he asked the subject what he was doing, he told Officer Lin he was taking the child home although he could not tell him where she lived and the child said she did not know the subject, who was eventually detained by Officer Lin.
Follow-up investigation revealed that the subject entered the child’s home, which was nearby and unbeknownst to her parents, removed her. Additional investigation, including a search warrant of the suspect’s phone, showed evidence that the child had inappropriate pictures taken of her after the kidnapping before Officer Lin rescued her.
At the end of the ceremony the Citizens Choice award is presented to the officer or group of officers that had singularly distinguished themselves above all others and Officer Mike Lin was the recipient of this award.
Phoenix Officer Mike Miller was also recognized as one of the Top Cops nominees for his heroic actions at the scene of Detective John Hobbs’ shooting on March 3, 2014.
In addition to Officer Lin’s family members, PLEA President Joe Clure, Vice President Ken Crane, Treasurer/Chief Negotiator Will Buividas, and Trustee Bill Galus attended the ceremony along with PPSLA Trustee James Smith and Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner.
PLEA would like to congratulate All of the 2015 TOP COPS nominees and award winners for their distinguished service.
CLICK HERE to read the NAPO Press Release.