IACP Press Release - The IACP and Motorola Solutions Name Dell Mercey as Trooper of the Year


Alexandria, VA -- The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) named Constable Dell Mercey of the Ontario Provincial Police as the IACP/Motorola Solutions 2011 Trooper of the Year. Constable Mercey was chosen from four finalists among state and provincial agencies of the United States and Canada for this honor.

"Police chiefs have a unique responsibility to ensure that our nation's law enforcement officers are recognized for their selfless service. The IACP is pleased to honor those law enforcement officers who tirelessly serve their communities, sometimes at great risk to themselves." said Mark A. Marshall, Chief of the Smithfield, Virginia Police Department and President of the IACP. "I applaud Constable Mercey for his heroic actions and appreciate the sacrifices he and the other finalists made to make their communities safer places. All too often the selfless courage, dedication and professionalism like what these four nominees showed goes unnoticed but is displayed daily by all law enforcement officers."

"Motorola Solutions understands the risks that troopers encounter every day to protect their citizens," said Kelly Kirwan, Motorola Solutions corporate vice president. "This award provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all the troopers that serve as members of state and provincial police agencies and acknowledge their service."

Provincial Constable Dell Mercey and his partner Provincial Constable Vu Pham were dispatched to a residence in Sundridge, Ontario following a report of a domestic dispute. Finding the property empty, the two left in opposite directions in their respective vehicles searching for the suspect and vehicle in question. Constable Pham soon located, followed, and ultimately stopped the vehicle, with Mercey arriving to provide backup.

Upon being pulled over, the suspect emerged from the vehicle with a Browning .270 caliber rifle and immediately pursued Pham who was forced to take cover behind his cruiser. The two exchanged rounds which resulted in Pham being struck in the head. Constable Mercey, after radioing "officer down," took cover behind his police Tahoe and continued to engage the advancing suspect. The two exchanged fire, and despite the suspect being struck a number of times, he continued to advance on Mercey's position of cover, eventually forcing him to cross the road and find new cover. The exchange continued until the suspect sustained more shots from Mercey and went down. The subject was struck a total of six times; Constable Mercey sustained no injuries. Unfortunately, despite the remarkable efforts of Constable Mercey, responding officers, civilian communications members, and EMS personnel, Constable Pham had been mortally wounded. Yet ultimately they never gave up hope and performed their respective duties with perfection under the most trying of circumstances.

The other finalists for the honor were Officer Rafael Rivera of the California Highway Patrol; Trooper Jason E. Whitman of the Pennsylvania State Police and Trooper Jose Mena of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

About the IACP
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world's oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 21,000 members in 100 countries.

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