Paul Dailidenas, 39, wasn’t expecting to receive the Officer of the Year for the second time in three years, but he says that it’s an ancillary recognition to his work around the department.
Dailidenas joined the department as a reserve policeman in 1999. He worked part time for six years before being formally hired on and only last year moved from patrol officer to detective.
“I like the work,” said the soft-spoken Dailidenas, who enjoys the different situations he encounters each day, whether it’s helping a patrol officer or investigating a burglary. According to a statement from the department, Dailidenas routinely has gone above and beyond his duty to help others on the force.
In addition to his investigative work as a detective, he volunteers for extra patrol duty to help out fellow officers on patrol shifts and takes time out of his day to follow up on suspects who have been identified through evidence. In one situation, he used his years of work on patrol to help another officer identify a suspected credit card thief through recorded surveillance.
He considers the investigation of the boat explosion at John Wayne Marina his best work over the year, because it required advanced investigative techniques as well as interagency communication and cooperation.
Another personal highlight of his work over the past year has been helping the Clallam Burglary Task Force apprehend and prosecute a number of wanted burglary suspects.
While working with the task force, he documented supplemental reports and probable cause statements for arrest, as well as cross-interviewed suspects to make sure their stories lined up with their earlier statements.