In February of 2011 an unknown suspect spray painted graffiti on several utility boxes and apartment complexes within the City. Using a variety of investigative techniques including social media Officer Mersch was able to identify the suspect. At a later date on an unrelated call Officer Mersch recognized the suspect and initiated a citizen contact. Upon Officer Mersch bringing up the subject of the graffiti to the suspect he began to cry. The suspect subsequently made a full taped admission and allowed Officer Mersch to drive him around the City and identify other sites that he had tagged. It is for this action Officer Mersch is awarded the Exceptional Police Initiative Commendation.