Division of Criminal Justice Services

The Police Officer of the Year Award

The Police Officer of the Year Award provides statewide recognition of the police officer or officers who have demonstrated exceptional valor in service to the people of New York State, thereby upholding the highest traditions of law enforcement.

2016 Recipient: Syracuse Police Officer Kelsey Francemone

Police Officer Francemone was recognized for disabling a gunman who began shooting during a large party at the James Geddes Apartments in Syracuse's Near Westside neighborhood on Father's Day 2016. Francemone, who was patrolling alone when gunfire erupted, also successfully defended herself when members of the crowd attacked her as she attempted to secure the area.

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Left to right: DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green, Syracuse Police Officer Kelsey Francemone, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Syracuse Police Chief Frank J. Fowler