Lakes Area Youth Services Bureau (LAYSB) has chosen Forest Lake Police Officer Jonathan Glader as the recipient of the 2012 James Trudeau Law Enforcement Award for his outstanding service to youth in the community.
Glader received nominations from Police Chief Richard Peterson, Police Detective Ashley LaValle and Forest Lake High School Assistant Principal James Caldwell.
He will receive the award on Monday, May 13 during the city council meeting which begins at 7 p.m. at Forest Lake City Hall. A reception will be held immediately following the presentation at the Forest Lake Police Department. The public is invited to attend.
“Working with youth is such a rewarding part of my job,” Glader said, “to be a mentor and resource and help these kids become productive members of our community. My work with youth is geared toward building positive relationships and giving them the opportunity to see that not all contact with law enforcement is negative.”
Glader said he enjoys teaching students about criminal law and criminal procedure and being able to laugh with them.
He has been a police officer for eight years and has served as the School Resource Officer (SRO) for Forest Lake High School for nearly three years.
“I have witnessed Officer Glader make contact with multiple students outside of school,” said Sergeant Mark Richert, Officer Glader’s supervisor. “The amount of respect he was given proves how courteous, professional and fair he is to others.”
In his nomination, Forest Lake Police Chief Richard Peterson spoke of Glader’s enthusiasm, generosity and ability to serve as a mentor to youth.
LaValle said Glader’s desire to make the community better is reflected in all of his work.
Beyond his normal duties, Officer Glader is an active participant in community events. “I love getting out and serving this community however I can,” says Officer Glader. He has been involved with Safety Camp, “Shop with a Cop,” “Tip a Cop” for Special Olympics and other crime prevention/community policing events.
Glader lives in Wyoming with his fiancée Britney and dog Aspen. He is currently working on a master’s degree in public safety administration from St. Mary’s University. He enjoys fishing, golf, traveling and relaxing at his family’s cabin.
The James Trudeau Law Enforcement Award is given annually by LAYSB to law enforcement personnel who act as a positive role model for youth, help break down barriers between youth and adults and demonstrate enthusiasm, leadership, generosity and service to youth above and beyond their job duties. The LAYSB Board of Directors selects the award recipient from a pool of nominees. The award is named after James Trudeau, retired Washington County Sheriff, past Forest Lake Police Chief and past Sheriff’s Association Executive Director.
The award was first given in 2000.