On January 26, 2015, Officer Jankowski responded to Columbus Tustin Middle School for a report of child molestation. She responded and met with the investigating social worker. They interviewed the 13-year-old victim and discovered her stepfather had sexually assaulted her over the course of several years.
Officer Jankowski located the victimís siblings and mother. During the emotional interview, she obtained valuable information and the cooperation of the victimís mother. At the station, Officer Jankowski facilitated a phone call between the victim and the suspect. The suspect made numerous incriminating statements during the phone call. Officer Jankowski coordinated the CAST interviews and the collection of evidence, completing the investigation well after the end of her shift.
Officer Jankowski requested the assistance of the Gang Unit, briefing them on the case and the suspectís potential locations. Gang Unit detectives used the information to set up surveillance; the suspect was located and taken into custody. Officer Jankowski responded to the scene, and began preparing for the interrogation.
The difficult interrogation took a great deal of time and energy. Officer Jankowskiís perseverance paid off, and the suspect admitted to molesting his stepdaughter multiple times over the course of several years.
Officer Michelle Jankowski did an exceptionally good job on an extremely difficult sexual assault case. For her dedication, positive attitude, and desire to take ownership of the case, she has been selected as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Month award for the month of February 2015. Congratulations Officer Jankowski!