PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the Portland Police Department received special recognitionSaturday morning for their commitment to public safety at the annual awards breakfast.

Officers and local residents were honored for bravery, heroism, and commendation for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck says more than75 events from last year were being recognized, everything from officers solving crimes to members of the public providing valuable tips.

Chief Sauschuck says the awards ceremony is a chance to honor those who exemplify the core values of the police department.

Nearly 250 people were honored Saturday.

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