On Thursday, June 5, 2014, the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAWLE) held and hosted their annual awards ceremony on the campus of Boston College. Two Boston Police Officers were among the many women honored at this year’s awards ceremony. Congratulations are certainly in order for Officer Pamela Wilson of District C-11 in Dorchester and Officer Jennifer Connolly of District D-14 in Brighton. Both Pam and Jennifer were chosen and awarded the MAWLE Courage Award. The award is given to the woman who distinguishes herself by an act of bravery or heroism above and beyond the call of duty.
Officer Wilson and Officer Connolly were nominated for the MAWLE Courage Awards as a direct result of their actions in the following incidents:
On Friday, April 11, 2014, Officer Pam Wilson, a 27 year veteran of the Boston Police Department, responded to a call for shots fired. While en route to the call, Officer Wilson observed and stopped two individuals matching the description of the suspects seen fleeing the area. During a pat frisk of one of the suspects, Officer Wilson discovered and took possession of two firearms. Officer Wilson was able to maintain control of the suspects until backup units arrived and the suspects were taken into custody. For her bravery on that day, Officer Wilson is bestowed the MAWLE Courage Award.
On Monday, April 15, 2013, Officer Jennifer Connolly, a nine year veteran of the Boston Police Department, was assigned to the Boston Marathon Finish Line. When the bombs went off, she took immediate control of her area and facilitated an immediate evacuation of the finish line bleacher area. Additionally, Officer Connolly provided aid and assistance to dozens of injured parties including two of her fellow police officers. For her bravery on that day, Officer Connolly is bestowed the MAWLE Courage Award.