Bloomington Police Announce Officer of the Year Award

(BLOOMINGTON) – Officer Conner Dunn has been selected as the 2018 Officer of the Year for the Bloomington Police Department. He received the award at the Department’s annual Awards Ceremony on March 3.


Officer Dunn is also the Bloomington Police Department’s nominee for the upcoming presentation of the Monroe County Police Officer of the Year Award by The Exchange Club of Northside Bloomington.
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Bloomington Police Officer Conner Dunn
Officer Dunn was nominated by his shift commanders who cited his involvement in several difficult and challenging cases over the past year including one specifically noted as involving the extreme neglect of an infant and toddler that resulted in them both being placed in a safe environment. Further, Officer Dunn is a Field Training Officer (FTO) and a member of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).
On December 18, 2018, Officer Dunn was the first responding officer to a domestic disturbance call that involved a man who was reportedly armed, suicidal and threatening to engage officers with the firearm in an effort to force them to shoot him. Upon Officer Dunn’s arrival at the call, the man fired three shots directly toward Officer Dunn who, nevertheless, pursued the armed man along with other officers and found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officer Dunn and other responding officers were able to secure the man and the firearm, allowing the man to get immediate medical treatment. Officer Dunn did an excellent job maintaining his composure under very stressful circumstances and ensured that he and other officers utilized sound tactics in their response and search for the armed man.
Officer Dunn joined the Bloomington Police Department on May 23, 2016. He graduated from Zionsville Community High School with an Academic Honors diploma in 2010 and Indiana University in 2015 with a double major. While attending Indiana University, Officer Dunn successfully completed the Indiana University Law Enforcement Academy and was among the top four cadets in his Academy class. He is currently assigned to the Uniform Division working afternoon shift.
“Officer Dunn has demonstrated great character, integrity, dedication, and a level of professionalism that should serve as a role model for all officers of the Department to emulate,” said Chief Michael Diekhoff. “He should be very proud of his
accomplishment.”
Each quarter, an officer from each of the three Uniform Division shifts and one nominee from the Detective Division are recognized for exemplary performance during that designated period. From those recognized throughout the year, one officer or detective is nominated to represent the respective shift or Detective Division for the Officer of the Year Award. The Officer of the Year is then chosen from those nominees and is also presented with the Department’s Merit Award. Those who have been recognized throughout the year as the Officer/Detective of the Quarter receive the Department’s
Merit Certificate.

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