In July 1965, a discussion between Past International President Carl Bowen and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover resulted in the birth of the Respect For Law community activity. This is the fourth most popular Optimist activity with more than 1,500 clubs participating each year.
Each spring the club honors law officers from the Farmington Department of Public Safety and the Farmington Hills and Franklin Police Departments. Officers are chosen for the award by their respective departments. Plaques are awarded at a special breakfast meeting attended by the award winners and their guests. The work of these outstanding public servants is always inspirational.
2016 Optimist Club Police Officer of the Year Award
June 1, 2017
The Farmington Hills Police Department is proud to announce that Lieutenant John Piggott was selected as the 2016 Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club Police Officer of the Year. He was presented the award at the annual Optimist Club breakfast on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Lt. Piggott was honored for receiving the following Citations and Awards in 2016:
• Unit Citation for his work in the apprehension of an armed robbery suspect and recovery of stolen money and the handgun used at a Burger King in Novi.
• Citation for his response to an armed suicidal man at Heritage Park. Lt. Piggott quickly coordinated uniformed patrol and plainclothes personnel to secure the park and attempt to locate the individual. Lt Piggott’s leadership and quick decision making was instrumental in evacuating the visitors of the park during this tragic incident.
• Professional Service Award for his work as the Honor Guard Coordinator for the funeral of Dallas, Texas Police Officer, and Michigan native, Officer Michael Krol from Redford Township. Under the direction of Lt. Piggott, these officers performed this solemn and difficult duty with dedication, precision, and honor and were recognized nationally for their steadfast service at such a difficult time.
• Unit Citation for the arrest of a group of individuals responsible for numerous vehicle break-ins. Officers recovered numerous stolen items from recent thefts including a handgun that had been fired inside a local motel room. Under the leadership of Lt. Piggott, the diligent investigative efforts of all the officers involved led to the resolution and prosecution of multiple suspects responsible for break-ins throughout the City.
Lt. Piggott is a 20-year veteran of the Farmington Hills Police Department. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Madonna University. Lt. Piggott is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
During his time with the Department, Lt. Piggott has served as a Patrol Officer, Evidence Technician, Honor Guard Officer, Traffic Safety Officer, and School Resource Officer. He has also served as a Supervisor in the Investigative Division as well as the Coordinator of the Evidence Technician and Honor Guard Unit. He has received the following awards:
• One Chief's Citation
• Nine Citations
• 14 Unit Citations
• Five Commendations
• Six Professional Service Awards
The Farmington Hills Police Department is very proud that Lt. Piggott was selected as the 2016 Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club Police Officer of the Year.
Assistant Chief Matt Koehn, City Manager Dave Boyer, Lieutenant John Piggott,
Optimist Club President Roxanne Fitzpatrick and Chief Chuck Nebus