The East Bay Regional Park District recently honored two veteran law enforcement employees as Officer of the Year and Dispatcher of the Year for their hard work, community service and all-around professionalism.
“I am very pleased that their peers have selected these fine recipients. Officer Macfadyen is a real trooper, dedicated to both the police profession and to serving the community. He is a pleasure to work with and such a high-energy performer,” said Police Chief Tim Anderson. “Dispatch Supervisor Severin likewise sets the bar very high when it comes to multi-tasking and attention to detail. As a 911 Dispatcher with this agency, she has mastered dispatching emergency situations in police, fire, and park service in the highest caliber.”
Officer of the Year Ryland Macfadyen, a resident of Oakland, has been with the Park District since 2010. As a patrol officer, Macfadyen patrols District facilities throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Macfadyen is also actively engaged in the community, he spearheaded an effort to donate bicycles to an East Oakland non-profit (Cycles of Change) after hearing that they had a number of bicycles stolen.
“Officer Macfadyen represents what is required and expected of peace officers in one of the most challenging times in history,” said Park District Police Captain Anthony Ciaburro. “He embraces the job with courage to serve, conviction to embrace the profession and compassion for victims of crimes and fellow employees. We and the East Bay communities are fortunate to have him as a public servant.”
Dispatcher of the Year Janet Severin started with the Park District in 2004. As a dispatcher, she answers 911 calls, dispatches police and fire crews, assists the public, monitors other law enforcement agencies’ radio channels, and performs other duties intended assist officers and keeps the public safe. She is a resident of Castro Valley.
“Supervisor Severin handles myriad tasks with aplomb and precision,” Ciaburro said. “As with all agencies, we find ourselves shorthanded in many instances. Janet effortlessly transitions from a 911 call taker to a radio channel operator and then a records manager. This is in addition to her daily supervisory duties. She is committed to the safety and overall positive visitor experience of park users.”
The Park District Police Department, based in Castro Valley, employs about 70 officers and 14 dispatchers. Law enforcement staff patrol 65 parks and 1,250 miles of trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. In 2016, they received 7,468 calls for service and 9,847 incidents.
Ryland Macfadyen, Officer
Janet Severin, Dispatcher