HPD Officer Derek Gyles Chosen for Employee Recognition

As Chief of Police, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the Awards Recognition Committee has selected Officer Derek Gyles for the semi-annual Employee Recognition Award (January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022). Officer Gyles was nominated by his peers for this award and he was selected from a group of three other nominees, which included:

Master Patrol Officer Richard Bergeron

Master Patrol Officer Adam Kushmerek

Officer Julie Hinckley

In April 2018, Officer Gyles joined the ranks of the Hollis Police Department and quickly established himself as a dedicated, hardworking, and humble policing professional. In reviewing the nominations for this deserved recognition, Officer Gyles’ peers and supervisors described him as being one of the most well-rounded officers within the ranks of the Hollis Police Department, which is proven by strong work ethic, his ability to write detailed and articulate reports, and through his strong investigative mindset.

In reviewing this award selection, I was happy, but not surprised to learn of an incident where Officer Gyles demonstrated great compassion when dealing with a woman he encountered on a motor vehicle stop, who was running low on gasoline. Seeing that the woman was experiencing some struggles and likely would not make it home with her low fuel level, Officer Gyles, along with Officer Esposito, paid for this woman’s gasoline. I can tell you that in hearing of these selfless acts, which often times come with little or no recognition, I am always filled with an immense sense of pride. This is the true meaning of public service and for this sole act alone, done through the goodness of his heart and with compassion and dignity, Officer Gyles should be commended.

In addition to what was stated above, Officer Gyles is always willing to assist his fellow employees, and he consistently remains proactive in performance of his duties as a Patrol Officer. Aside from his excellent work ethic, his attitude towards the profession, as well as this agency is one to admire. He comes to work prepared and ready to serve with a positive mental attitude, even in times when he is working on little sleep, as new parents often do. What I admire about Officer Gyles most is the fact that he is a devoted father and husband, and he always remembers and find a way to balance these most important responsibilities while remaining a productive, positive member of our team.

I would be remiss if I did not mention what a fantastic job Officer Gyles has done in his newest capacity as a Field Training Officer. He is patient, respectful, and knowledgeable while explaining the laws as well as our internal policies and procedures to trainees. There is no question that Officer Gyles helped to ensure Officer Esposito’s Field Training and Evaluation Program was highly effective in preparing him for solo status. For this, and many other reasons, I am proud to recognize him for this award.

In closing, I, along with Officer Gyles’ fellow team members send to him our congratulations on this well-deserved recognition. There is no doubt that his professionalism and dedication reflect great credit upon himself, the Hollis Police Department, and the Town of Hollis. Moreover, Officer Gyles’ outstanding service is in keeping with the highest traditions of excellence that has defined the Hollis Police Department for many years.

CONGRATULATIONS and a job well done Officer Gyles!

Chief Joseph Hoebeke