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Sandy police officer honored by Gresham Elks

by: contributed photo, Sandy Police Officer Kalen

Gresham Elks Lodge No. 1805 honored Sandy Police Officer K.T. Taylor as Sandy Officer of the Year on Friday, March 14. Members of the Sandy Police Department selected Taylor as the recipient.

'It's an extreme honor to be nominated by my peers,' said Taylor, who has been with the department for more than eight years. 'It's an honor to work for the Sandy Police Department (and) serve this community, and I appreciate everybody's input.'

Taylor's wife, Dana, and his son, Austin, attended the event on his behalf, since Taylor was taking part in a DUII conference at Bend at the time.

In the past 18 months, Taylor made six arrests for possession and distribution of a controlled substance and 12 other related arrests while working with the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force.

'I'm very pleased,' said Sandy Police Chief Harold Skelton of Taylor's recognition. 'K.T. has demonstrated his ability over and over again since he came here.'

'He's really into it,' said Boyd Phelps, Exalted Ruler of the lodge. 'He really loves it.'