By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor
Two long-time officers with the Huron Township Police Department were honored Wednesday evening by being named officers of the year.
Sgt. Bryan Tyitye was named supervisor of the year and Cpl. Edward Hindley was named officer of the year.
“It was truly my honor to present these awards to both of these gentlemen in front of their families. In law enforcement, what really gets lost is the effect that the stress of this profession can have on families. To see the pride, that their children had watching their fathers receive the awards made the night a success. It was well deserved by all,” said Director of Public Safety Everette Robbins, who presented the awards during Wednesday evening’s Board of Trustees meeting.
Tyitye has worked for the department since 1995 and has spent much of his career as a school liaison officer, DARE Officer, and assisted in launching the explorer program and safety village.
Other accomplishments of Tyitye’s include:
- Promotion to the rank of sergeant in 2015.
- Recent graduate of Secret Service computer forensics school.
- Currently attending the Eastern Michigan University School of Staff and Command
- Responsible for internal technology of the department which includes department reporting systems, in car computers, and forensic computers.
- Responsible for the fleet and maintenance of vehicles which keeps officers safe on patrol.
- In 2016, worked with Dispatcher Jill Evans to complete a successful state LEIN audit.
“Sgt. Tyitye is the definition of a team player. He makes all of us a better person every day. You will not find a more positive person who never has a bad day. He has helped to raise three generations of kids in our community. It is impossible to go anywhere in Huron Township and not hear a story from a young person who he has helped to be successful. He is a true example of a role model and a leader,” Robbins said.
Hindley has worked with the department for over 20 years and has several accomplishments during that time, including:
- On September 14, 2016, Hindley’s actions in administering CPR likely saved a 26-year-old female resident’s life on Somers Street.
- On May 23, 2016, Hindley stopped a criminal sexual conduct in progress of a 14-year-old and arrested the suspect, which prevented the juvenile from being assaulted further.
- He won the Mothers Against Drunk Driving award in 2016 for the third time in his career.
- He serves as the department’s range instructor and was instrumental in training and certification of officers with the newly received patrol rifles.
- He volunteered to be a field training officer and recently trained his first recruit.
“Cpl. Hindley is one of the hardest working and most knowledgeable patrol officers I have had the privilege to work with. We are challenging him in many ways every day and he is meeting those challenges. His work ethic is contagious and he has the ability to be a great example for our newer officers. I am very proud of his accomplishments over the past year,” Robbins said.