Draper police honored for going above and beyond the call
Local police are being recognized for their hard work to protect and serve the community.
For the first time, the Draper Police Department presented awards to officers, staff and members of the community who have gone out of their way to make the city a safer place to live and work. The awards were presented during the Draper Police Awards Ceremony held Feb. 1 at Draper City Hall.
“On a daily basis, the men and women of the Draper Police department provide extraordinary and professional service to those in our community. They do it because they possess an innate drive to serve others and make a difference in their community. We were humbled to honor the very best our employees and community members offered for 2012, Draper Police Chief Bryan Roberts said.
Draper Police Department Executive Assistant Marge Koch said the event was also necessary to recognize new members of the police department for taking on the job of protecting residents in the community.
“We have four newly promoted sergeants and a new police officer,” she said.
In 2012, the ranks of the Draper Police Department expanded to include new Police Chief Bryan Roberts, Officer Ryan Clegg, Sgt. David Harris, Sgt. Scott Adams, Sgt. Clinton Fackrell, Sgt. Derek Johnson and Victim Advocate Seven Gardner. The new chief, officers and advocate have all been on the job in their new roles for less than a year.
“[Gardner] has done just a phenomenal job in the time she’s been here. It’s been more than we anticipated one person could do,” Koch said.
The new police sergeants, officer and advocate were sworn in during a ceremony that preceded the presentation of awards. Mayor Darrell Smith gave opening remarks, after which Roberts and Sgt. Pat Evans announced the awards recipients.
Among those honored was resident Gaile Dupree with the Citizens Meritorious Service Award, in recognition for her work in forming the Drug Free Draper Coalition.
The Distinguished Service Medal was presented to Detective Alan Price for his “excellent work and dedication in the implementation of the department’s successful drug enforcement program.”
Sgt. Chad Carpenter, Sgt. Clinton Fackrell, Sgt. Derek Johnson, Detective Walter Deutsch, Detective Alan Price, Detective Jaclyn Moore, Officer Time Herbert, Officer Angela Fuller and CSI Alyssa McElreath were honored with the Distinguished Service Medal collectively for their successful investigation and prosecution of a child abuse homicide in August.
Officer Kevin Newman and Detective Jaclyn Moore received the Medal of Valor for their “selfless acts of courage” in saving the life of Adam Colosimo last summer.
Moore was also selected as Police Officer of the Year “in recognition of the exceptional service and professionalism in 2012.”
DeAnn Murphy was named the Support Employee of the Year for her service and professionalism.