Respect for Law 2000 - ISP Gene Wunsch

Idaho State Patrol

Letter of Nomination

for Gene Wunsch

    I would like Gene to receive your organization's officer appreciation award for the following reasons:

    Gene has worked for the Idaho State Police for one year. During this time Gene has excelled in all areas. In particular, Gene's customer service is outstanding. He treats citizens with dignity and respect and is friendly and outgoing. I have witnessed this when I have backed him up on enforcement contacts. He has also been praised by citizens for his friendly demeanor. Specifically, I received an e-mail from dispatch telling of a citizen that had called in complimenting Gene on his friendly demeanor. Gene had at the Kenny Rogers' restaurant and had taken time to talk to the caller's children and give them ISP stickers.

    Gene has continually demonstrated an impressive breadth of experience and knowledge during this year. He has been a constant resource to his team. I, as well as his team members, have asked Gene many questions on a wide range of issues. For instance, I had a question about a domestic violence order concerning a contact I was on. Gene explained the law pertinent to the situation I was dealing with, giving me the information necessary to make a decision. Another example was a time that Trooper Briggs had seized a large amount of marijuana. Gene gave Trooper Briggs several suggestions for follow-up that clearly demonstrated his outstanding knowledge in the area. Another instance is when Gene made an arrest of a subject while doing a Terry Frisk of the subject. Gene knew from his training and experience that the item he felt in the subject's pocket was a marijuana pipe. He ended up arresting the suspect on paraphernalia/drug charges.

    Finally, the thing that is most impressive about Gene is the fact that he combines all that I have already written with an energetic work ethic. Gene led Region Three in impaired arrests during 1999. In addition, he had eighteen felonies as well as 139 other moving citations. I realize that numbers alone mean very little, but the numbers I have listed represent quality work. Gene continues to exceed expectations even while keeping his military obligations.(Gene is a Captain in the Army Reserve).

    In conclusion, I highly recommend Trooper Wunsch for this award. He is an example for other law enforcement personnel to follow.

            Sincerely yours,
            Sgt. Dean L. Matlock
            Idaho State Police