The Bensalem Rotary Club honored Detective Kevin Cornish as Bensalem Township’s Police Officer of the Year at their June 3rd luncheon meeting held at Michael’s Restaurant on Street Road.
The Bensalem Township Police Officer of the Year Award is presented to an officer who exemplifies the Rotary’s mission of service above self as well as the Bensalem Police Department’s mission of courage, integrity and community involvement. Each year, the pool of candidates for the award grows larger because the Bensalem Police Department is full of deserving officers. This year, Detective Kevin Cornish of the Special Victims Unit stood above the rest.
Detective Cornish began working for the Bensalem Police Department in 1998 and has been a member of both the SWAT Team and the Motor Patrol before moving over to the Special Victims Unit.
Working in the Special Victims Unit, Detective Cornish deals with some of the most horrific crimes imaginable, which has further strengthened his commitment to the community. After having been a lead investigator on a case involving two young girls who were removed from an abusive home with nothing but the clothes on their backs, Detective Cornish was determined to help the girls in any way he could. He spearheaded a fundraising effort to collect money and gift cards for the girls so that they could buy clothing, school supplies and accessories for their new bedrooms at their foster home. He also contacted local stores to get the girls discounts and even accompanied the girls on their shopping trips. Detective Cornish’s commitment to helping children move on from abusive situations quickly became a department-wide initiative. Now, partnerships with local stores and in-coming donations are a constant so that every child who is saved from abuse by the Bensalem Police Department can receive additional support from the department and the community.
In addition to his exemplary work as a police officer, Detective Cornish also takes time out of his busy schedule to volunteer as a coach at the United German Hungarian Club and to make presentations in the community on bullying and computer forensics.
The Bensalem Township Police Officer of the Year Award was presented to Detective Cornish by Bensalem Township’s Director of Public Safety, Fred Harran and Bensalem Rotary Club President, Roger Caine. Detective Cornish received the award in front of a packed house of Rotary Club members and guests, which included his wife, daughter and father.
The Bensalem Rotary is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of Bensalem residents and raising money to help those in need. The club meets every Tuesday at 12:00 pm at Michael’s Restaurant on Street Road for an informal luncheon and occasional guest presentations. All are welcome to join for lunch or to do a 15 minute presentation about your nonprofit or community organization. To learn more about the Bensalem Rotary, visit www.bensalemrotary.org.