As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, several area police officers were honored for the excellence in report writing and investigation into domestic violence cases. Officers honored during the Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign hosted by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Family Violence Prevention Program and the Pottawatomie District Attorney’s Office were: Detective Lee Minick, Sgt. Jody Opela, Officer Daniel LeClaire and Investigator LaTrenda Sanders, all from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal police; Sgt. Tim Boyd from McLoud Police Department; Deputy Scott Hawkins and Deputy Amanda Myrko from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office; Patrol Officer Kevin Hughey, Cpl. Kim Dibble and Cpl. Shawn Parsons from Shawnee Police Department; Officer Brandi Carnell from Tecumseh Police Department; as well as two officers from Lincoln County.
Law enforcement officers from several agencies have been honored for their work and dedication on cases involving domestic violence. October is domestic violence awareness month.
During the fourth annual Citizen Potawatomi Nation Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign, held Saturday at Shawnee Mall, seven local police officers were recognized with an award by the District Attorney’s office.
Assistant District Attorney Sunne Day said the CPN made the awards possible during its annual event.
The officers were recognized for their outstanding service to victims of domestic violence as well as their attention to detail in their reports to prosecutors on domestic violence cases.
Honored were: Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Hawkins; Tecumseh Police Lt. J.R. Kidney; CPN Officer Lee Minnick and four officers from the Shawnee Police Department — Jason Crouch, Darrell Williams, Kim Dibble and Mike Laughlin.
“These officers deal with the worst that humanity does to each other and to people they are supposed to love the most,” Day said while presenting the awards. She told the officers that what they do does save lives. Day said the awards were donated by CPN and Shawnee Trophy and she appreciates CPN for the opportunity to present the awards in conjunction with the event.
The awareness campaign, hosted by the CPN Family Violence Prevention Program, included several booths of information from various organizations and law enforcement agencies, along with a program of keynote speakers and other presentations.