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The City of Columbia would like to congratulate Officer Steven Schmidt for being name July Employee of the Month! Officer Schmidt has been a devoted officer to the Columbia Police Department for nine years. He is a Field Training Officer and helps new officers navigate their new role. In Officer Schmidt's nine years of service with CPD, he has won numerous awards for his hard work and dedication.
In 2018, he received Police Officer of the Month for observing a flooded bridge, investigating the cause, and mitigating the dangerous road conditions by wading the water himself to clear the drains. In 2019, he was awarded Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year presented by Center of Hope for his exemplary conduct from working with domestic violence victims and going above and beyond for the offender's accountability. Officer Schmidt was given the Police Star Recipient Award in 2019 for his response and actions in an extremely dangerous situation during a traffic stop that resulted in the offender firing shots. Also, Officer Schmidt's bravery and heroism above his normal demands landed him being nominated for the Distinguished Service Metal following a dangerous structure fire at Columbia Meadow Apartments. Schmidt responded by breaking out windows and, assisting occupants and animals to safety.