Sherwood police officer and volunteers were honored for their acts of heroism and professionalism throughout 2012 during a ceremony held Feb. 17 at Trees Restaurant.
All recipients of awards were nominated by their peers or supervisors and then voted on by the awards committee. Altogether, 10 police officers were honored for their bravery, dedication and commitment to providing a safe and secure environment and preserving the quality of life for its citizens and community.
The following officers received awards: Officer Corey Jentzsch, Medal of Valor; Detective Debbie Smith, Distinguished Service Medal; Sgt. Jon Shields, Distinguished Service Medal; Officer Colin Drummond, Distinguished Service Medal; Officer Ben Humphrey, Police Officer of the Year; Officer Randy Johnson, Officer Corey Jentzsch and Officer Colin Drummond, Team Award; Officer Colin Drummond, Chiefs Award; Chaplain Wilson Parrish, General Staff Member Award; Officer Greg Hirsch, Lifesaving Medal; Officer Stan Smith, Lifesaving Medal and Officer Corey Jentzsch, Lifesaving Medal
In addition, three citizen volunteers, Connie Cummings, Allison Garrett, and Wilson Parrish, were recognized for the hundreds of hours they selflessly give to the police department each year.
The city of Sherwood Police officers were involved in 17,414 different activities during 2012. The police department is staffed with 21 sworn officer and three support staff members that serve 18,255 residents. The top three calls for service during 2012 were thefts, domestic disturbances and criminal mischief.