The reserve lieutenant has served the Tigard department for 12 years

TIGARD - The Oregon Peace Officers Association recently honored Tigard police reserve Lt. Tom Freedland for his commitment and dedication to public service.

In the past 12 years volunteering with the Tigard Police Department, Freedland has contributed thousands of volunteer hours in an effort to help create a safer community, according to Jim Wolf, police public information officer.

OPOA presented the Public Service Award to Freedland at its annual statewide conference, which was held Sept. 15 in Newport.

The award recognizes those who have significantly improved police practices and/or services to the public, Wolf said.

The OPOA is a statewide organization dedicated to providing leadership and service to the law enforcement community in the advancement of the profession and to advocate for the safety and security of law enforcement and the citizens of Oregon.

Freedland's law-enforcement career dates back many years.

His initial entry into police work began when he was employed as an officer with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in California.

Through the years before his current volunteer efforts with the Tigard Police Department, Freedland served with various Southern California law-enforcement agencies, and served eight years as a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

'Tom clearly demonstrated his community and civic mindedness in both his paid and volunteer contributions in public safety,' Wolf said.

Presently, Freedland is a practicing chiropractor in Tigard and also provides medical and legal consulting along the West Coast.

'Even considering his very busy work schedule in the health profession, Tom still allows time to share his law enforcement expertise and community oriented spirit with the citizens of Tigard,' Wolf said. 'Tom has spent considerable time in assisting Tigard patrol officers by scheduling reserve officers to assist at various community events, including the Tigard Festival of Balloons and other numerous activities or gatherings in Tigard throughout the year.

'Tigard Police Chief Bill Dickinson offered his congratulations and expresses gratitude for Tom's dedication to making a significant and lasting contribution to the law enforcement profession,' Wolf added.

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