Greenwich Police Officer Michael Hall received the Greenwich Police Department Officer of the Month recognition for his Diligence and Service on a fraud investigation.
On July 27, 2020, Officer Hall was working a plainclothes detail in central Greenwich when he observed suspicious activity within a local business.
Based on his training and experience, he believed he was witnessing an organized group of people engaged in committing fraud.
Officer Hall set up surveillance on the subjects, contacted headquarters, and began to coordinate the response of uniformed officers to conduct a stop of the three subjects.
Before the arrival of uniformed officers, the subjects left the store and entered a vehicle. The vehicle description was communicated to responding units.
When one officer attempted to conduct a vehicle stop, the vehicle fled from officers and subsequently crashed into another car. The subjects then fled on foot but were taken into custody a short time later.
A follow-up investigation completed by Officer Hall determined that all three subjects had extensive criminal histories; one was a fugitive wanted by New York Parole and a member of a violent street gang operating out of Queens, NY.
Officer Hall also obtained search warrants for the vehicle the subjects were in and recovered a loaded handgun. His further investigation was able to directly connect the firearm to the fugitive resulting in additional firearm charges.
Officer Hall clearly demonstrated two of the Department’s core values, Diligence and Service, in his effort to reduce organized retail theft in Greenwich.