TACTICAL FLIGHT OFFICER AWARD

Senior Corporal Jennifer Potocki, Delaware State Police Aviation Section

Senior Corporal Jennifer Potocki joined the Delaware State Police (DSP) on Sept. 19, 2003. She was assigned patrol duties at Troop 5 in Bridgeville and selected to join the DSP Aviation Section in March 2011. Upon assignment to the aviation unit, Potocki completed the challenging 18-month Delaware Technical and Community College Paramedic program and received her National Registry EMT-P certification. She then completed initial aircrew training and was assigned to the DSP Aviation South Section. During her time with the unit, she has established herself as an excellent TFO, medic, instructor and leader.

Potocki has distinguished herself by leading her aviation section in FLIR apprehensions. Her ability to quickly orient to a scene, establish perimeters, coordinate with ground units and locate missing or wanted subjects has directly impacted both officers’ and the public’s safety by apprehending dangerous and missing subjects. In 2016, Potocki’s efforts resulted in the location and apprehension of four robbery suspects after ground units had lost sight of them, the arrest of a fleeing domestic assault suspect, saving the life of a suicidal subject, and the rescue of two children who were overdue by several hours while on paddle boards.

Potocki’s superior abilities as a TFO led to her being selected to attend the exclusive Los Angeles Police Department TFO Course. She was later nominated to become one of the first two DSP Aviation South Section designated TFO instructors. She has excelled in the role and was instrumental in the development of the section’s ALEA accreditation compliant TFO training program.

In 2006, Potocki also performed in an exceptional manner by demonstrating her dedication to duty and support of both division and aviation section goals and objectives. As a trained SWAT tactical medic, she was one of three top responders to SWAT team tactical call-outs. In addition to SWAT call-outs, she responded to explosive ordnance disposal and dive team call-outs and supported training academy events, as well as new applicant fitness testing.

Potocki also demonstrated instructional skill when she assisted section medics by teaching more than 700 division members during CPR/AED initial and re-certification training, as well as during initial and recurrent law enforcement medical responder training. The skills she taught during these courses directly impacted officer safety and the safety of the citizens of Delaware.

When the crew of “Trooper 2” was dispatched to Ocean City, MD, to assist the Maryland State Police and Ocean City Fire Department and EMS personnel with treatment of a patient severely injured in a boating accident, Potocki’s skill and action as a medic onboard the aircraft resulted in saving the patient’s life during transport to a hospital. The aircrew was later commended by the Ocean City Fire Department and EMS for its actions during the incident.

For her exemplary performance operating tactical flight equipment and coordinating air and ground assets, skills as a medic and instructional abilities, all of which have had a direct impact on officer and public safety, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association presents its 2017 Tactical Flight Officer Award to Senior Corporal Jennifer Potocki.