The Greater Hampton Roads Regional Crime Lines honored the area’s top cops during its annual awards dinner in October.
The 2016 Top Cop Awards Dinner was held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Portsmouth. The event recognizes one officer from each department in Hampton Roads as well as citizens and organizations that have helped make the community a safer place to live and work.
One officer or deputy is also chosen from among all the winners and named the Hampton Roads Top Cop.
The event also raises money to support area Crime Line and Crime Solver programs in Hampton Roads, which run entirely off of donations.
Here are the 2016 winners:
Hampton Roads Top Cop:
MPO Frank Filippone, Virginia Beach Police Dept.
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Sergeant Shawn Walter Hoffman,
Virginia Beach Police Department
Bayport Credit Union
Spike’s K9 Fund
Chesapeake Police Department – Senior Police Officer Joseph Milewczik and Police Officer Adam Beha
Hampton Police Division – Senior Corporal Randal M. Mayer
Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office – Investigator Kristopher Coughlin
James City County Police Department – Senior Police Officer Timothy J. Renwick
Newport News Police Department – Master Police Officer Melissa S. Gretsinger
Norfolk Airport Police Department – Sergeant Albert D’Amico
Norfolk Police Department – Investigator Kevin Gross
Poquoson Police Department – Officer Joshua K. Pankoke
Portsmouth Police Department – Detective Beth Shelkey
Smithfield Police Department – Patrol Sergeant Patrick Araojo
Suffolk Police Department – Officer Josie Hall
Virginia Beach Police Department – Master Police Officer Frank Filippone
Virginia State Police State Trooper – Louis W. Milyko
Williamsburg Police Department – Investigator Sean Hughes
Windsor Police Department – Officer C. J. Griffin
York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office – Sergeant Travis Smith
Major sponsors for the 2016 Top Cop include: WTKR News 3, Bayport Credit Union, Langley Federal Credit Union, Towne Bank, Bess Decker, Norfolk Crime Line and Tidewater Home Funding.