Optimists honor Hills officer who tracked dangerous suspects

A Farmington Hills Police officer who helped track two dangerous suspects last year has been recognized as the 2015 Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club Police Officer of the Year.

Theisen Optimist Awards
Pictured from left: Assistant Chief Matt Koehn, Optimist President Roxanne Fitzpatrick, Officer Matthew Theisen and Police Chief Chuck Nebus

Officers Matthew Theisen, honored May 11, has been a Farmington Hills police officer since 2012. He served as a police officer with the Wayne State University Police Department from 2005 to 2012, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. He works as a Breathalyzer Operator and a Mobile Command Post Operator for the Department.

Theisen received a citation for his contributions in capturing two suspects who were wanted for kidnapping and attempted murder, and one for his field investigation of gunshots, which resulted in the recovery of a stolen gun and other property and the arrest of suspects who lived in the area where the shots were fired.

In addition, Theisen received a Commendation in 2015 for his response to an incident where a mother was forced to shoot her son after he broke into her apartment. He secured the weapon, rendered first aid, and ensured the safety of everyone else in the home.