Officer of the Year

2017 Leesburg
Police Officer the Year 
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  Officer Trevonte Kitchen
      Leesburg Police Department

 Officer Travonte Kitchen was selected by his peers as Officer of the Year 2017

Since joining the Leesburg Police Department, Officer Kitchen has been an outstanding ambassador to the community.  Travonte regularly volunteers to participate in community events and takes his part seriously.  For example, in 2016 and 2017 Officer Kitchen worked hard to develop partnerships for the department’s National Night Out event, and was able to bring in several new sponsors.  He then volunteered his time to help in the all-day setup for the events and worked the crowd throughout the night.  He has participated in Shop with a Cop, Christmas bicycle give-away, the Black Heritage Festival, and a multitude of other events.  He has participated in several programs in the local schools, talking to students about life choices properly interacting with law enforcement.  In addition, he participates as a coach for local youth football programs.

Officer Kitchen is still new to the Law Enforcement profession and he works to improve upon his skills.  Travonte is becoming a proactive and productive officer with his squad and is building upon his work experience and his abilities to detect criminal activity.  He is currently attending college classes to broaden his horizons and achieve and college degree. 

During this past year, Officer Kitchen was involved in a shooting incident where an individual that he stopped for a traffic violation fired at him without warning or provocation.  The suspect struck the windshield of Ofc. Kitchen’s vehicle and then took flight on foot.  Ofc. Kitchen observed behavioral cues leading up to the shooting, advised other officers on the radio that he needed assistance, and took action to provide himself the best opportunity to have cover and react.  Because Ofc. Kitchen trusted his instincts; he did not become a statistic.  Although the suspect was not apprehended on that night, he was located within a few days and arrested.  Throughout the incident and the days that followed, Ofc. Kitchen maintained a professional and positive outlook, and took the time to thank all who were involved in the investigative efforts that lead to the suspect’s arrest.

Ofc. Kitchen is well respected by the community and his peers as a result of his kind and professional personality and he is well deserving of the recognition that his peers gave to him.