From the RPD:
Kudos to Officer Michael Ahnstrom who was named First Precinct’s Officer of the Month for May! From locating a key witness for a homicide trial and then making sure they make it to court for trial–to assisting citizens at every community event he can attend, Officer Ahnstrom is a very active and dedicated officer in Sector 111.
Here’s just one example of a problem that some officers may disregard, but Officer Ahnstrom recognized as important and stepped up to fix the issue. A citizen called to complain that his elderly mother could no longer use a bus stop near her residence because of aggressive panhandlers and vagrants who had taken over the stop. Officer Ahnstrom immediately took action, beginning an aggressive zero tolerance enforcement of quality of life issues in the North 25th Street corridor. That included arresting more than 11 people for alcohol-related violations and working with GRTC to make the stop less attractive for vagrants.
Though it may seem like a small thing, his actions go a long way in improving the community for everyone. Thank you and congratulations Officer Michael Ahnstrom—our First Precinct Officer of the Month for May!