The Havana Police Department (HPD) has named Sgt. Donteris Andrews as the 2013 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Police Chief Tracy Smith presented Andrews a certificate at last week’s annual HPD Law Enforcement Banquet.
Chief Smith stated the award was in recognition of Andrews’ outstanding service to the citizens of Havana and his desire to go beyond the call of duty.
“It is a great honor to recognize you as Officer of the Year,” Chief Smith said to Andrews when presenting him the award.
Andrews responded, saying that the Havana Police Department was a great place to work.
He said he had learned a lot from his fellow officers and mirrored himself after the chief.
“There is no other place I would rather be right now,” Andrews said.
Andrews will represent Havana later in the year at the annual county-wide Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Banquet.
Thomas (T.J.) Crawford, was named the 2013 Communications Officer of the Year. He was not present at the banquet.
Havana disptacher Thomas (TJ) Crawford was named Communications Officer of the Year.
Chief Smith said Crawford was willing to step up and help when asked to make HPD’s communications become certified.
He also complemented communications officer Shirley McGriff for her 30 years with the department.
Officer Matthew Gore was awarded the 2013 Traffic Officer of the Year Award.
Officer Matthew Gore is awarded Traffic Officer of the Year by Chief Tracy Smith.
Chief Smith stated that Gore’s efforts had a direct relationship with saving lives in Havana.
Working traffic, Chief Smith said, was about changing behavior and not about writing tickets.
Concerning the HPD, Chief Smith said that he had received a notable amount of compliments from both outside agencies and local citizens about the good job that was being done by Havana police officers.
“It takes a team to win,” Chief Smith said in reference to the job being done by his officers and staff.