Two Manchester Police Department detectives and a police captain were recognized for exceptional performance during the video conference Board of Aldermen meeting on Nov. 16.
Manchester Police Chief Scott Will presented a letter of excellence to Det. Travon Green and a letter of commendation to Det. Jason Dowdell for their involvement in the apprehension of individuals involved in multiple auto and property thefts this spring.
After an influx of auto thefts and thefts from vehicles, Dowdell and Green conducted an in-depth investigation and determined that an organized group was committing these crimes in Manchester and across the region. Realizing the complexity of the investigation, Dowdell took the initiative of establishing and leading a multi-jurisdictional task force consisting of investigators from 16 different agencies across the bi-state area.
Through the task force, Carlos Murrieta was identified as the group’s leader, along with Jae’von M. Renfroe, 18; Norberto Perez, 18; and Lorenzo P. Murphy, 19. all of the younger men are residents of Florissant. All four were arrested and charged with 14 crimes dating back to November 2019.
Additionally, due to the cooperative nature of the task force, area detectives were able to link various members of this organization to over 100 cases across the region.
At the same meeting, Cpt. Craig Smith also received a commendation from Will.
In 2012, the police department committed to becoming an accredited agency through the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation (MPCCF). With little progress made toward the endeavor, in February 2019, Smith reinitiated the program.
During his initial assessment, Smith quickly realized that the department’s policies did not meet the “best practices” standard required by the MPCCF. As a result, he took on the monumental task of re-writing all 173 chapters of the policy manual, which took 15 months of working diligently on the project. Not only did Smith produce an organized and cogent document that meets the “best practices” standard, they often exceed the standard. Due to his dedication and tenacity, the department has successfully completed the most challenging aspect of becoming an accredited agency.
“Your participation in this incident reflects favorably upon the efficiency of your department and upon your ability as a police officer,” shared Will at the meeting. “I extend my sincere thanks for a job well done. Congratulations!”