January

Non-Sworn Employee of the Month

January 2019 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month, Darin Dorris

Daren Dorris
Maintenance Technician
Missouri Veterans Commission

Daren Dorris, a maintenance technician with the Department of Public Safety's Missouri Veterans Commission, has been selected as the department's January 2019 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month.

Daren, who works at the St. Louis Missouri Veterans Home, was selected for his outstanding work ethic, leadership and "do-it-all" abilities as a maintenance department technician. He has demonstrated proficiency in many areas of maintenance at the St. Louis Home, including plumbing, floor installation, painting, and wall repairs.

Recently after the St. Louis Home sustained tornado damage, Daren quickly went to work – securing shingles, ridge caps, and installing a network of tarps as a stopgap measure to prevent further damage to more than 40 areas of the roof at the facility.

Daren also frequently comes to work outside normal working hours to complete essential repairs. He has conducted after-hours repairs to the kitchen area which prevented downtime to the dietary department. He also worked late nights to test fire suppression systems and participate as a member of the wheelchair audit team to ensure Veterans are both safe and as comfortable as possible.

Daren has been an employee in the maintenance department at the Missouri Veterans Home – St. Louis since 2005.

Congratulations to Daren for the outstanding example he’s set for his co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety!


Sworn Employee of the Month

January 2019 Sworn Employee of the Month, David Johnson

David Johnson
Trooper
Missouri State Highway Patrol

David L. Johnson, a trooper with the Department of Public Safety's Missouri State Highway Patrol — Troop D, has been selected as the department's January 2019 Sworn Employee of the Month.

In June 2018, David attended specialized training involving interdiction methods to protect children. Within the next three months, he arrested five suspects for charges involving possession of child pornography, failing to register as a sex offender, and violating terms of their sentence.

In one case, David stopped a car for following too close on Missouri Highway 13 in Polk County. His interviewing technique during the traffic stop led to the arrest of the driver for possessing child pornography and failure to register as a sex offender.

In another incident, while off-duty with his family, he observed suspicious behavior by a subject in a vehicle at the same park. After he returned to work, David followed up with the registered owner, identified him as the driver of the vehicle, and found he was a registered sex offender who was restricted from being at a public park. This same suspect had initially failed to list his vehicle in his sex offender registry information.

Since June, the Patrol has conducted the 16-hour Interdiction for the Protection of Children training in all nine troops. It concentrates on identifying signs during a traffic stop that a child might be in danger. A total of 307 troopers have completed the training. Since being trained, troopers have initiated a total of 22 investigations.

David recognizes there are many nuances to this type of investigative method and continues to refine his technique.

Congratulations to David for the outstanding example he’s set for his co-workers throughout the Department of Public Safety!