FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sgt. Charles J. Warner
Franklin PD Public Affairs
Franklin, TN – Last night, more than 100 Franklin Police Officers and civilian employees, along with their guests, attended The 2nd Annual Knights in Blue Gala, a formal dinner and awards banquet organized and hosted by the Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association. Special guests in attendance to recognize the accomplishments of Franklin Police included Dr. Ken Moore, Mayor of Franklin, City Administrator Eric Stuckey, Chief David Rahinsky, and retired Franklin Police Chief Jackie Moore.
The following Franklin Police employees were recognized at last night’s event, held at The Factory:
Chief’s Award, given to the officer who most exemplifies, in their every-day work, the three words worn on the sleeves of every Franklin Police Officer: Professional, Progressive, Responsive : Officer James Phillips
Jackie Moore Award, given to the officer whose every-day work product is reflective of the service and values displayed throughout retired Franklin Police Chief Jackie Moore’s career: Patrick Tippit
Officer of the Year: Officer Brigham VanHook
Detective of the Year: Detective Chad Pace
Dispatcher of the Year: Sarah Ginter
Innovation Award, given to the officer whose ‘outside of the box’ vision has made notable differences in the reduction of crime and increased quality of life for Franklin citizens: Sergeant Jack Morgan
Impact Award, given to the officer whose technological contributions have helped to keep the Franklin PD cutting edge in their use of computer technology in an electronic era: Sergeant David Prather
Sober Streets Award, given to the officer who had the most notable contribution in the Department’s efforts to detect, arrest, and prosecute impaired drivers: Officer Cory Kroeger
Medal of Valor: Officers Brad Dorman and Brett Spivy for their selfless pursuit and capture of an armed pharmacy robbery suspect.
Medal of Life: Sergeant JP Taylor and Officer Leigh Ann Hester for their heroic actions that saved the lives of two citizens.
Outstanding Investigation Medal: Detective Darren Barnes for his investigation of a cell phone theft ring tied to terrorist groups in Somalia that use cell phones to detonate explosive devices. Detective Barnes is also a 2011 recipient of the Department of Justice Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement for his work in identifying and arresting a serial bank robber.
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