HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville Police Department announced Jacob Jernigan, Rick Rojas and Christopher Wade as winners of the Fourth Quarter Co-Worker Recognition.
Each winner was chosen for their diligence, devotion to duty and professionalism in everyday work.
• Officer Jacob Jernigan – After being approached with information concerning arson cases while on patrol, Jernigan passed on names and numbers to those involved in the investigation. Arson, breaking and entering, and felony larceny charges were filed due to Jernigan’s actions. He works in the field services bureau.
• Detective Rick Rojas – Rojas, of the criminal investigations divisions, was selected for his observation and investigative skills in finding and arresting a jogger accused of exposing himself to two juvenile females. After officers received a suspect description, Rojas identified the subject after recalling passing him during his own run. He found the subject at his job and scheduled a meeting with him at the police department. During the meeting, the suspect confessed to the allegations against him and was arrested on charges of felony indecent exposure and indecent liberties with a child.
• Officer Christopher Wade – Wade, of the field services bureau, was selected for his initiative, awareness and instinct on patrol. He saw an unoccupied car parked on the new Hambright Road extension and checked the registration plate, which was registered to a registered sex offender. Wade became concerned due to the close proximity school. The suspect was found in the woods within the prohibited distance of the schools. The subject was arrested.