By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Police Officer Todd Bridgman was honored for his service to the city by City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto and the Mill Creek City Council at their regular October 11, 2016, meeting.
Bridgman recently completed his tenth year as a Mill Creek Police Officer. He started work at the city after serving his country in the United States Coast Guard and working in the construction industry.
Polizzotto said that Bridgman hasn’t lost his construction skills, “He is actually quite an accomplished carpenter and master craftsman. As we were working on the city hall renovation, he actually jumped in and did the connection between the new patrol area and the rest of the police department. So the police department has affectionately called that ‘The Bridgway’ now.”
However, it was Bridgman’s police skills that were praised at the city council meeting.
Polizzotto commended his abilities, “He is renowned by his peers in the areas of interviews and interrogation, narcotics investigation, warrant writing, and courtroom testimony.”
“Officer Bridgman is well known for his extraordinary ability to remember and connect names and faces from previous contacts and intelligence briefings. This ability is no doubt born from his tremendous work ethic and his dedication to making himself a better police officer every day.”
“Officer Bridgman has become a vital part of our police training program by serving as a PTO. He has embraced his role as a teacher, mentor, and coach for student officers. Those officers have expressed a great appreciation to Officer Bridgman for passing along some of the skills that have made him one of most proactive and productive officers in the Mill Creek Police Department.”
“The high regard with which he is held by his colleagues is no better exemplified than his selection as the most recent Mill Creek Police Department Officer of the Year.”