Chief Stuart Roberts Honored with Statewide Police Award

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Pendleton Chief of Police Stuart Roberts was recently awarded the Public Service Award from the Oregon Peace Officers Association (OPOA). This award is given to individuals who distinguish themselves and bring credit to the law enforcement profession by highly credible and unusual acts in the performance of public duties; such acts shall significantly rise above the expected norms of police or community service. Roberts was recognized for his work on the School Security Initiative he has spearheaded across eastern Oregon, through an agreement between the IMESD and the Pendleton Police Department.

Roberts received his award on Friday, November 4 at the annual awards banquet of the Oregon Peace Officers Association at the Spirit Mountain Conference Center in Grand Ronde, Oregon. Mark Mulvihill, superintendent of the IMESD, attended the banquet in support of Chief Roberts.

“It’s pretty amazing to have a police chief this committed to all of the students in our region. Everyone knows about Stuart’s competency and professionalism, but it was impressive to watch him navigate various local and political challenges during evaluations at 18 school districts, and to develop and implement such a comprehensive plan to improve student safety,” said Mulvihill.

In addition to completing security evaluations for districts, Roberts researched, developed and trained district staff on uniform emergency protocols and plain language for crisis management, has helped districts with behavioral threat assessments and initiated important collaborations with local agencies.

Roberts has been with the Pendleton Police Department since 1994, serving as its chief since 2003.

The OPOA was founded in 1968 and has dedicated itself to improving the professionalism of Oregon’s law enforcement community through community support, communication, training, recognition and death benefits for fallen officers. It is one of Oregon’s largest law enforcement associations with nearly 1,500 federal, state and local law enforcement officers included in its membership.

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