Independence Police Department Officers Ike Dye and Devin Mendoza were recognized this week by the department for their collaboration to solve what the department referred to as a string of crimes.

Officers Dye and Mendoza worked together last week, ultimately solving several cases of burglary, theft and property damage. The officers were able to apprehend suspects related to at least four different cases and recover stolen property as evidence. 

Alongside deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the officers connected the suspects to a stolen car case that occurred outside city limits.

Dye is a full-time IPD officer and has previous experience in law enforcement, serving nine years at the Sheriff's Office. Mendoza has been with the department for close to two years.

"This case is another demonstration of teamwork with area agencies to better serve our citizens as well as the citizens of Montgomery County," said Police Chief Jerry Harrison. "This case demonstrates both officers’ commitment to excellence by providing high quality law enforcement services to victims in our area. Because we have a small detective staff our patrol officers develop strong investigative skills to better serve out community," said Harrison. "I'm grateful to Ike, Devin and all of our patrol personnel for taking ownership of our crime problem by working hard on case follow up."

In other department related news, IPD personnel held a pizza party with student Ethan Hise. Ethan was the first student to collect all IPD officers' trading cards last year. From left, Captain Lisa Helkenberg, Chief Jerry Harrison, Dispatcher Bridget Hammer, Ethan Hise, Rylan Faller and Officer Devin Mendoza.