CENTRAL ALABAMA CRIMESTOPPERS


OFFICERS OF THE YEAR / AWARDS
 
2024 AWARD WINNERS
 

Award Presented to Alexander City Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year

 

On May 20, 2024, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers awarded Officer Daniel Lewis with the title of Alexander City Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year. 

 

Alexander City Captain T.J Tuck wrote:

“It is my honor to nominate Daniel Lewis as our nominee for the CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

Officer Daniel Lewis has advanced from a Correction Officer to an Animal Control Officer, to a Certified Police Officer and now serves as a Field Training Officer for the Patrol Division. 

Officer Lewis goes above and beyond to do what is asked of him. Officer Lewis always has a smile on his face and takes each opportunity to make others happy.  He talks with the public as he has known them his whole life.  He is the first to give out of his pocket when he sees someone in need.  He never sweats the small things in life and brings a great approach to his job along with being an example to all, showing others how to be a great humanitarian.

Officer Daniel Lewis, on behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, we are honored to present you with the Alexander City Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

Award Presented to Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year

 

On May 14, 2024, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers awarded Corporal Miranda Groth with the title of Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year. 

 

Calhoun County Sherriff Matthew Wade wrote:

“It is my honor to nominate Corporal Miranda Groth as our nominee for the CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

Corporal Miranda’s development and growth as a law enforcement professional has demonstrated great investigative and lifesaving ability on more than one occasion. Cpl. Groth led the way in identifying a criminal ring who was accused of robbing and stealing from Dollar General stores across the southeast. Her attention to detail and pursuit of answers led to her identifying the subjects which assisted investigators with obtaining warrants on the suspects for their crimes. Investigators were able to share this information with investigators in other jurisdictions who have sense obtained warrants or indictments against this group.

 

Cpl. Groth has also been commended for her life-saving efforts on a call in Ohatchee. Cpl. Groth went to assist an Ohatchee Police Officer who was responding to search for a male experiencing an overdose on narcotics. Cpl. Groth, along with the Ohatchee Officer, located the subject in a field struggling to breathe and had a faint pulse. Cpl. Groth administered two doses of Narcan and continued life-saving measures until emergency medical services arrived and began to treat the individual.

Cpl. Groth is also a member of the Calhoun County Crisis Negotiation Team and a recent graduate of the FBI Hostage Negotiation Course. She is a field training officer who routinely receives praise and high marks from trainees. Cpl. Groth demands a high level of performance and demonstration of safety practices from her trainees. She has helped prepare young deputies for solo patrol work. Cpl. Groth is professional, honest, ethical, and compassionate in her efforts to serve the citizens of Calhoun County. She helps set the standard for all Deputy Sheriffs to follow and is a valued member of the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Cpl. Growth continues to perform above and beyond the scope of her duties, it is for this reason Cpl. Miranda Groth is being honored as the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year for 2023.

 

Corporal Miranda Groth, on behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, we are honored to present you with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

Award Presented to Southside Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year

 

On May 14, 2024, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers awarded Officer Brent Whisenant and Officer Jarred Dunn with the title of Southside Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStoppers Officers of the Year. 

 

Southside Police Chief Jarred Williams wrote:

“It is my honor to nominate Officer Brent Whisenant and Officer Jarred Dunn as our nominees for the CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

On November 25th, 2023, at approximately 1145am, Officer Brent Whisenant and Officer Jarred
Dunn responded to a domestic call involving a retired police officer and his wife. The wife
advised responding officers that her husband had threatened to kill himself. She also stated
that her husband was the owner of numerous guns, and they were throughout the house.

 

Officers attempted to contact the 72-year-old retired officer. The retired officer then
opened the door where communications began between the retired officer and the responding
Southside officers. The subject demanded that the Southside Police leave his property. The
subject attempted to shut the front door and officers then intervened. While Officer Whisenant
was holding the front door, he was being threatened by the subject. The subject stated he was
going to shoot the officer through the door. Officer Whisenant was able to de-escalate the
subject by deploying a less lethal conducted energy device. The deployment was effective in
bringing the subject to the ground, officers were able to secure the subject and his weapon.

 

Officers were able to escort the subject out of the house and placed him on a gurney. The retired
officer was transported to Gadsden Regional for treatment by Ambulance without injury. As a
result of the officer's actions, the subject was able to receive the necessary mental health
treatment that was needed.

 

Officer Brent Whisenant and Officer Jarred Dunn, on behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, we are honored to present you with Southside Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

Award Presented to Prattville Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year
 
On May 07, 2024, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers awarded Investigator Kaitlyn Sweat with the title of Prattville Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStopper of the Year.  
 
Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson wrote:
“It is my honor to nominate Inv. Kaitlyn Sweat as our nominee for the CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award. 
Inv. Kaitlyn Sweat has been employed with the Prattville Police Department for four (4) years and assigned to the Investigative Division for the past two (2) years. Between July 2023 and November 2023 Alabama Power Company was the victim of multiple thefts at separate facilities within Prattville. Inv. Sweat was assigned these cases with little to no leads. It was unclear if the cases were related. Inv. Sweat began researching previous suspects who had committed similar crimes and developed several people of interest. During the investigation, a soda can was collected and submitted to the Department of Forensic Sciences for DNA analysis, which resulted in a possible match. 

 

On February 16, 2024, after several months of surveillance, social media research, interviews, and other avenues of investigations, Inv. Sweat executed search warrants on multiple properties. These search warrants produced stolen property from the Alabama Power Company cases as well as several firearms.
 
Inv. Kaitlyn Sweat performed above and beyond the scope of her duties, and as a result 36 firearms were recovered along with 24 arrest warrants being obtained involving six (6) suspects. Inv. Sweat’s hard work and dedication to these cases embody the service and promise of law enforcement to the Prattville Community.  It is for this reason that I am nominating Inv. Kaitlyn Sweat as the Prattville Police Department’s CrimeStopper Officer of the Year for 2023. 
 
Inv. Kaitlyn Sweat, on behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, we are honored to present you with Prattville Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award. 
 

Award Presented to Opelika Police Department’s 2023 Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year

 

On April 30, 2024, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers recognized Lieutenant Alfred White with the distinction of Opelika Police Department’s 2023 Officer of the Year. 

 

Opelika Police Department’s Captain John Hester wrote, “I would like to nominate Lieutenant Alfred White from the Opelika Police Department. 2024 will mark his 20th year of service in law enforcement, all at OPD. I am nominating him for his work in the ‘Opelika Jane Doe’ case where he identified the victim as Amore Wiggins and later made arrests in the case.”

 

On January 28, 2012, Opelika Police responded to Brookhaven Trailer Park, located at 1775 Hurst Street in Opelika, AL, in reference to skeletal remains being found. The remains were sent to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, VA, where a medical examination was performed. The report stated that the remains were of a black female likely between 4-7 years of age who became affectionately known to the community as Baby Jane Doe. An autopsy was performed and notated fractures to her skull, arms, legs, shoulders, and ribs; totaling more than 15 individual fractures that were attributed to blunt force trauma. These injuries all had evidence of healing and occurred sometime before her death. In addition, the Medical Examiner suggested that Jane Doe may have been malnourished and blind in her left eye due to a fracture in her eye socket. Jane Doe’s death was determined to be a homicide and is believed to have occurred between 2010-2011. After the discovery of Jane Doe’s remains, detectives worked diligently to identify Jane Doe and solve her murder, but continued to face obstacles. In 2015, Lt. Alfred White took over the case as the lead detective.

Since 2015, Lt. White has worked tirelessly to give Jane Doe a name and solve her murder. Under Lt. White’s leadership, he and other detectives have reviewed over 15,000 case files from the Alabama Department of Public Health, DHR Records, and investigated thousands of tips. Lt. White coordinated with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the FBI, and several private DNA labs to assist in identifying Jane Doe.  Once he got Jane Doe’s DNA in 2022, Lt. White began the process of getting her identified with the help of a genealogist. Lt. White has traveled all over the southeast to identify possible relatives of Jane Doe.  He was able to locate Jane Doe’s father and mother after months of searching.  Lt. White was then able to say Jane Doe’s real name for the first time on December 8, 2022, “Amore Wiggins.”

 

After Lt. White got the parents identified, he was quick to determine that the father and stepmother were the offenders in this case. On January 17, 2023, the father and stepmother were arrested in Jacksonville, FL.  Amore’s father was charged with Felony Murder and her stepmother was arrested for Failure to Report a Missing Child.  Even though they have been arrested, Lt. White has continued to work on the case, as well as supporting Amore’s mother during her loss.

 

Lt. Alfred White should be commended for the countless hours he spent on this case.  His dedication to Amore Wiggins throughout the years is nothing but astonishing. He never gave up, even when the odds were against him.  He continued to find a way to persevere to find the truth for Amore. Lt. White went above & beyond, and his actions should be commended. All detectives should follow his example of being the voice of the victim and finding truth & justice.  Lieutenant White’s dedication to this case brings great credit to himself, the Detective Division, and the Opelika Police Department.

 

Lieutenant Alfred White, on behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, we are honored to present you with Opelika Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

Award Presented to Uniontown Police Department’s 2023 Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year

 

On May 06, 2024, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers recognized Assistant Chief Ronnie Clarke with the distinction of Uniontown Police Department’s 2023 Officer of the Year. 

 

Uniontown Police Department’s Police Chief Pamela Wilson wrote, “It is my honor to nominate Assistant Chief Ronnie Clarke as our nominee for the CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award”.

Assistant Chief Clarke has 15 years of law enforcement experience in all phases of police work including patrol, investigations, traffic enforcement and supervision of the police officers under his command. The dedication he shows to his chosen profession is a testament that he cares about the citizens of Uniontown. His compassion and humbleness while being a team player are assets to this community and the citizens of Uniontown.

 

Assistant Chief Clarke has been employed with the Uniontown Police Department for approximately four years, and during that time, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty on several occasions. On one such occasion, while backing up his fellow officers, he was injured in the line of duty while ensuring their safety. Multiple suspects were arrested as a result. Another such incident was obtaining food and shelter for a homeless person new to this community.

 

Assistant Chief Ronnie Clarke, on behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, we are honored to present you with Uniontown Police Department’s 2023 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

2023 AWARD WINNERS

 

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Presents CrimeStoppers Dallas County Sheriff’s Office Officer of the Year to Sergeant Keevin J. Lowe

 

On Monday, May 8, 2023, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers had the honor to recognize Sergeant Keevin J. Lowe as the 2022 Dallas County Sheriff’s Office CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

Sergeant Keevin J. Lowe has been in law enforcement for four years and is currently the second shift patrol supervisor. Sgt. Lowe became a deputy because he knew it was his calling. He wanted to help people in need and make a positive impact on society.  He is known to be punctual and constantly displays excellent work behaviors in every facet of the job. Sgt. Lowe is highly organized and has the unwavering ability to collaborate with other agencies. He is consistently willing to go above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to get the job done. He is an outstanding leader and holds the deputies on his shift to the highest of expectations.

 

Sergeant Keevin J. Lowe is an asset to his agency. He displays professionalism and a strong work ethic while going above and beyond to ensure the residents of Dallas County are provided with the highest quality service.

On behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, it is our honor to present Sergeant Keevin J. Lowe, as the 2022 Dallas County Sheriff’s Office CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

CrimeStoppers will select twenty-five officers and one school resource officer from our partnering agencies to be selected as their agency’s Officer of the Year. Each officer will be provided with a tactical bag that contains assorted gifts donated by our friends at Gulf States Distributors of Montgomery. Sergeant Keevin J. Lowe along with the other recipients will be nominated for Central Alabama CrimeStoppers State Officer of the Year. Upon selection, the recipient will not only receive the highest of accolades but will also receive a commemorative 2022 Alabama Officer of the Year plaque, a brand-new Ruger Max9 Pistol Model 3500, provided by Gulf States Distributors.

 

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Presents Gadsden Police Department Officer of the Year to Three Officers

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers had the honor to present Sergeant Danny Haas, Officer Alec Burgess, and Officer Chris Phillips, with the title of Gadsden City Police Department’s 2022 CrimeStoppers Officers of the Year.

 

Sergeant Danny Haas, Officer Alec Burgess, and Officer Chris Phillips went above and beyond the call of duty by placing themselves in danger to save the life of a distraught individual on November 18, 2022.

 

On November 18, 2022, officers arrived at the Railroad Bridge within 90 seconds of being dispatched to a call regarding a person in distress. Officers arrived on the scene of Albert Rains Boulevard in the midst of heavy traffic where some vehicles were traveling at least 45 miles per hour. They came upon a distraught person and a vehicle that had been disabled. Officers were able to approach and grab the distraught person about the time they'd decided to jump from the bridge. The body camera displayed video that was both devastating to see and distressing to hear. They were in a place at a particular moment to be able to interact with a human being who felt unloved and underappreciated to the point of taking drastic measures that could have ended with devastating consequences.

It was incredibly uplifting to hear Sergeant Haas's first words to the person he pulled from danger - "I love you." Officer Burgess, who was in arm's reach reiterated Sarge's words and said, "I don't like heights, let's walk off this bridge together." The officers escorted the person back to the base of the bridge where the Gadsden Fire Department was waiting and administered top-notch treatment. As they approached members of the Gadsden Fire Department, the person asked the officers, "Why do y'all care what happens to me? Nobody else cares." Sergeant Hass answered, "We care. We are here because we want to be here."

The officers' actions were heroic. Their words were comforting and as a result, a life was saved. Thank you, Sergeant Danny Haas, Officer Alec Burgess, and Officer Chris Phillips for your service! You have brought great honor to our department and to the community you serve! 

On behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, it is our honor to present Sergeant Danny Haas, Officer Alec Burgess, and Officer Chris Phillips as CrimeStoppers Gadsden Police Department’s 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year.

 

CrimeStoppers will select twenty-five officers and one school resource officer from our partnering agencies to be selected as their agency’s Officer of the Year. Each officer will be provided with a tactical bag that contains assorted gifts donated by our friends at Gulf States Distributors of Montgomery. One final selection will be made for the Central Alabama CrimeStoppers State Officer of the Year. Upon selection, the recipient will not only receive the highest of accolades but will also receive a commemorative 2022 Alabama Officer of the Year plaque, a brand-new Ruger Max9 Pistol Model 3500, provided by Gulf States Distributors.

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Presents Childersburg Police Department Officer of the Year to Officer Northcutt

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers had the honor to present Officer Micah Northcutt of the Childersburg Police Department with the 2022 Childersburg CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

Officer Northcutt of the Childersburg Police Department has consistently gone above and beyond any normal call of duty service, over the past year. Northcutt displays a high level of professionalism while conducting his daily duties. Northcutt is a very proactive officer and is always willing to serve his local community, even if it means working overtime to cover other patrol shifts. Northcutt strives to increase his knowledge of the job by attending law enforcement training that helps sharpen his skill sets. Northcutt is dedicated to community-based policing and as a result, has become a mentor to the community while influencing younger officers. Northcutt continually goes above and beyond to make a difference in his local community all while enhancing the profession of law enforcement.

 

Officer Northcutt is a valuable asset to his community and is having a large effect on keeping the city safe for its citizens.

 

On behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, it is our honor to present Officer Northcutt, as CrimeStoppers Childersburg Police Department’s 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year.

CrimeStoppers will select twenty-five officers and one school resource officer from our partnering agencies to be selected as their agency’s Officer of the Year. Each officer will be provided with a tactical bag that contains assorted gifts donated by our friends at Gulf States Distributors of Montgomery. Officer Northcutt along with the other recipients will be nominated for Central Alabama CrimeStoppers State Officer of the Year. Upon selection, the recipient will not only receive the highest of accolades but will also receive a commemorative 2022 Alabama Officer of the Year plaque, a brand-new Ruger Max9 Pistol Model 3500, provided by Gulf States Distributors.

 

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Presents CrimeStoppers Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Officer of the Year to Corporal Derrick Riego

 

Monday, April 10, 2023, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers had the honor to recognize Corporal Derrick Riego as the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year.

 

Corporal Riego of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office demonstrated expeditious decision-making abilities that ultimately saved the life of a fellow deputy.

 

On Saturday, April 16, 2022, Corporal Riego was on patrol in rural Montgomery County. At approximately 2:49 p.m., he heard a fellow officer, Deputy Skylar Campbell, conduct a traffic stop at Dozier Road and Eddie Tullis Road in Montgomery County, Alabama. Without hesitation, Corporal Riego immediately responded to assist Deputy Campbell as a backup unit. Upon arrival, a search of the vehicle was conducted by Deputy Campbell. As a result of the traffic stop, drugs and paraphernalia were discovered in the suspect’s vehicle. During the search, Deputy Campbell had incidental contact with what was believed to have been fentanyl. Video footage showed Deputy Campbell as he was searching through various items in the trunk of the vehicle, and then he advised Corporal Riego that he “wasn’t feeling right.” Corporal Riego recognized what was occurring and immediately notified dispatch of a “possible exposure” and made a request for medics to respond. A short time later, Deputy Campbell collapsed in the roadway in extreme respiratory distress. Without hesitation, Corporal Riego advised dispatch that Deputy Campbell had collapsed, ran to his vehicle, and retrieved his Narcan kit. Corporal Riego returned to Deputy Campbell and administered a dose of Narcan. The Narcan initially appeared to have a positive effect; however, several moments later, Deputy Campbell’s condition quickly deteriorated, and he became unresponsive again. Corporal Riego quickly administered a second dose of lifesaving Narcan and made the decision that Deputy Campbell could not wait for medical assistance to arrive at the rural area where they were located. At that time, while Deputy Campbell was conscious, Corporal Riego moved Deputy Campbell to his patrol vehicle and advised dispatch that he would be transporting Campbell, on his own, to Baptist East Hospital.

 

While enroute to the hospital, rear-seat video footage from Corporal Riego’s vehicle showed Deputy Campbell incapacitated and struggling to breathe. Deputy Campbell again lost consciousness, and a short time later, Sergeant David Alford intercepted Corporal Riego and provided Deputy Campbell with a third dose of Narcan. Several long minutes later, while maneuvering through heavy traffic in dire circumstances, Corporal Riego arrived at the intersection of McLemore Drive and Atlanta Highway. Minutes after receiving a third dose of Narcan, Deputy Campbell was lifeless again. Other deputies and Montgomery EMS assisted Corporal Riego with carrying Deputy Campbell from his vehicle to a waiting medic truck where a fourth dose of Narcan was administered. Deputy Campbell was then transported to the Baptist East Emergency Room where he received further medical treatment. His condition eventually stabilized, and he made a full recovery.

Corporal Riego is a courageous real-life hero, on behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, it is our honor to present Corporal Derrick Riego, as Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

 

CrimeStoppers will select twenty-five officers and one school resource officer from our partnering agencies to be selected as their agency’s Officer of the Year. Each officer will be provided with a tactical bag that contains assorted gifts donated by our friends at Gulf States Distributors of Montgomery. Corporal Derrick Riego along with the other recipients will be nominated for Central Alabama CrimeStoppers State Officer of the Year. Upon selection, the recipient will not only receive the highest of accolades but will also receive a commemorative 2022 Alabama Officer of the Year plaque, a brand-new Ruger Max9 Pistol Model 3500, provided by Gulf States Distributors.

 

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers 2022 Media Person / Journalist of the Year

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers is pleased to announce its selection for the 2022 Media Person / Journalist of the Year. Monday, April 24, 2023, CrimeStoppers will present Carol Robinson with AL.COM as the 2022 CrimeStoppers Media Person / Journalist of the Year.

CrimeStoppers proudly has a partnership with over 80 law enforcement agencies in 30 counties across the state of Alabama. With these partnerships, the need to distribute information across the state to the millions of Alabamians they serve is a necessity. CrimeStoppers media partnerships are vital to ensuring law enforcement information for wanted felons, unsolved felony investigations, homicides, missing persons, and runaways, are being distributed in a timely and prompt manner.

CrimeStoppers greatly appreciates their many media partnerships and thanks each of them for their dedication to helping get their messaging out, but most importantly solving crime, missing person cases, and putting wanted felons behind bars.

Each year CrimeStoppers honor their law enforcement and media partners by selecting those that went above and beyond to serve their local communities. It is with great honor, that CrimeStoppers selects Reporter, Carol Robinson with ALABAMA Media Group, as the 2022 Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Media Person / Journalist of the Year.

Carol has been a dependable and dedicated resource for reporting and providing information to millions of readers across the state. Through AL.COM, Carol has continued to keep residents informed about crime-related issues and has built trust with her many readers. This “trust” came to fruition when a missing Montgomery teen reached out to Carol and helped investigators solve an ongoing missing person investigation.

Friday, December 16, 2022, Montgomery Police Investigators contacted CrimeStoppers and requested the public’s assistance in locating Chalysse Thomas, 18. Thomas was originally last seen on Thursday, December 8, 2022, in Montgomery, Alabama. A missing person lookout for Thomas was sent out to their local media partners and was shared on social media.

CrimeStoppers received an overwhelming number of social media shares and interest in the case. Thanks to a swift response from CrimeStoppers media partners, Thomas was made aware of the lookout and reached out to Carol Robinson, a reporter with AL.COM. Carol immediately notified CrimeStoppers acting as a liaison. CrimeStoppers communicated with Thomas and police investigators. Thomas met with police investigators, and she was found to be safe and unharmed.

Carol’s dedication and commitment to the residents of Alabama were shown by this simple act of kindness, which ultimately solved a missing person case.

We congratulate Carol Robinson for receiving this honor and thank her for her dedication and outstanding work ethic that helped her achieve this great accomplishment.

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Presents Officer of the Year to Detective Green of Alexander City Police Department

Monday, April 3, 2023, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers had the honor to present Detective Christopher Graham of the Alexander City Police Department with the 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

Detective Christopher Graham of the Alexander City Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has consistently gone above and beyond any normal call of duty service, over the past year. Graham started his career with the Alexander City Police Department in 2019 and has quickly grown to be an asset to his agency. Detective Graham is very detail-oriented when notating and following up on cases. Detective Graham always provides the utmost care and attention to detail for each case he receives, while making a strong effort to deliver justice to the victim’s families. Detective Graham also monitors radio traffic and assists with patrol calls very frequently throughout each week. He is usually the last person from the Criminal Investigation Division to leave at the end of the day. He has built a strong rapport with citizens across the city, improving the overall relationship with the citizens his agency serves. Before becoming a law enforcement officer, he used his time as an Assistant Coach to one of our local school football teams and has built many relationships through that experience. He has also recently been certified as a Hostage Negotiator and, because of that position, has been attached to the Special Response Group for this county. He is an asset to the department, the city, and the county with his knowledge and work ethic alone. Pages could be written on the sacrifices made by this young man, but his actions speak for themselves.

On behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, it is our honor to present, Detective Christopher Graham, as CrimeStoppers Alexander City Police Department’s 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year.

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Presents Officer of the Year to Sergeant Reece of Phenix City Police Department

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers had the honor to present Sergeant Edwin Reece of the Phenix City Police Department with the 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

While investigating a 2022 double homicide, Sergeant Reece was quickly able to identify and apprehend a suspect. The arrest was due to Sergeant Reece’s strong work ethic, dedication, tenacity, and thoroughness. Reece used his experience and training to build trust and rapport with the suspect which resulted in obtaining a full confession to the double homicide. The suspect was ultimately charged with Capital Murder.

Sergeant Reece is described by his supervisors as a showstopper and his actions and professionalism reflect highly upon him and bring credit to the Phenix City Police Department. 

Thank you for a job well done, Sergeant Reece. On behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, it is our honor to present, Sergeant Edwin Reece, as CrimeStoppers Phenix City Police Department’s 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year.

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Presents CrimeStoppers Prattville Police Department Officer of the Year to Investigator Robby Jackson

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers had the honor to recognize Investigator Robby Jackson as the 2022 Prattville Police Department CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

Investigator Robby Jackson of the Prattville Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit has consistently gone above and beyond making almost 40% of the unit’s self-initiated drug cases. While the total number of patrol narcotic cases in the city has seen a 31 percent reduction, the self-initiated cases from the unit have increased by 8 percent. These percentages quantify the effect that the unit’s aggressive pursuit of narcotics is having. A large portion of this success is due to Jackson’s relentless work ethic, and an example of this can be seen in one of his successful cases. Jackson was the case agent on a case that lead to obtaining a search warrant for a narcotics dealer in the City of Prattville. Upon executing the search warrant, approximately three and a half pounds of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, methamphetamine, cocaine, synthetic marijuana, controlled pills, THC Edibles, THC vape cartridges, paraphernalia, and multiple firearms were seized as a result of Jackson’s investigative work. This investigation resulted in multiple firearms being taken out of a drug dealer’s hands, and lead to multiple felony charges. This is just one small example of what is contributing to the reduction of illicit narcotics in Prattville.

Investigator Jackson is a valuable asset to the community and is having a large effect on keeping the city safe for its citizens.

On behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, it is our honor to present, Investigator Robby Jackson, as CrimeStoppers Prattville Police Department’s 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year.

CrimeStoppers will select twenty-five officers and one school resource officer from our partnering agencies to be selected as their agency’s Officer of the Year. Each officer will be provided with a tactical bag that contains assorted gifts donated by our friends at Gulf States Distributors of Montgomery. Investigator Robby Jackson along with the other recipients will be nominated for Central Alabama CrimeStoppers State Officer of the Year. Upon selection, the recipient will not only receive the highest of accolades but will also receive a commemorative 2022 Alabama Officer of the Year plaque, a brand-new Ruger Max9 Pistol Model 3500, provided by Gulf States Distributors.

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers Presents CrimeStoppers Maplesville Police Department Officer of the Year to Sergeant Josey Edwards

Monday, April 10, 2023, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers had the honor to recognize Sergeant Josey Edwards as the 2022 Maplesville Police Department CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

Sergeant Josey Edwards of the Maplesville Police Department has displayed an outstanding work ethic during his six years of service to the residents of Maplesville. In 2022, Sergeant Edwards took it upon himself to initiate a partnership with CrimeStoppers. Sergeant Edwards has utilized this partnership multiple times, with excellent results. Sergeant Edwards pours his heart and soul into his job and always strives to make a difference in the community he serves. Sergeant Edwards is a big advocate for community policing and actively engages his local community. Sergeant Edwards not only serves as a patrol supervisor, but he is also the agency’s evidence technician and assists the Chief of Police with criminal investigations. Sergeant Edwards has solved multiple felony investigations as a result of his determination and dedication.

Sergeant Josey Edwards is a valuable asset to the community and is having a large effect on keeping the city safe for its citizens.

On behalf of Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, it is our honor to present, Sergeant Josey Edwards, as CrimeStoppers Prattville Police Department’s 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year.

CrimeStoppers will select twenty-five officers and one school resource officer from our partnering agencies to be selected as their agency’s Officer of the Year. Each officer will be provided with a tactical bag that contains assorted gifts donated by our friends at Gulf States Distributors of Montgomery. Sergeant Josey Edwards along with the other recipients will be nominated for Central Alabama CrimeStoppers State Officer of the Year. Upon selection, the recipient will not only receive the highest of accolades but will also receive a commemorative 2022 Alabama Officer of the Year plaque, a brand-new Ruger Max9 Pistol Model 3500, provided by Gulf States Distributors.

2019 Award Winners 

 

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Pilot Shane Hobbs

Co-pilot Jerod Peak

Flight Officer/Hoist Operator Greg Rankin

Flight Officer Cpl. Tim Martin
 
Rescue Flight Officer   Bill Bevan

 

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Senior Trooper Puckett and PCO II White

 

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Trooper Jason Fox

 

 

Autauga County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy J. C. Grant

 

 

 

Elmore County Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Eric Bruner

 

 

 

Millbrook Police Department

Millbrook Police Department Criminal Apprehension Team

Officer Sean Brosius and Officer Michael Snyder

 

 

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant David Alford

Montgomery Police Department

Corporal R.M. Petipas

 

Prattville Police Department

 Investigator Clint Lee

 

 

Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Isaiah Taylor

 

Troy Police Department

Sergeant Eric Ernsberger 

 

Tuskegee Police Department

Officer Tyshawn Shephard

Union Springs Police Department

Corporal Alexander Swanson 

 

School Resource Officer of the Year

Corporal D. M. Thornton

 

 


 
 

Past Law Enforcement Honorees

2018

Trooper Corporal Shannon Elkins / ALEA

Deputy George Brooks / Autauga County Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Charles Beasley / Brundidge Police Department

Deputy William Robbins / Elmore County Sheriff’s Office

Officer Shaun Golden / Georgiana Police Department

Lieutenant Harold Anderson / Greenville Police Department

Corporal Scott Liles / Millbrook Police Department

Deputy Charles McGlown / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Investigator Bryan Goza / Montgomery Police Department

                          Sergeant T. R. Hope/ Prattville Police Department

Corporal Camille Emmanuel/ Prattville Police Department

Officer Kevin Karr / Prattville Police Department

Officer Larry McDuffie / Prattville Police Department

Deputy Win Knight / Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office

Officer Bryan Baldwin / Troy Police Department

Officer Quincy Kitt / Tuskegee Police Department

 

2017

Special Agent Spencer Traywick / ALEA

Jeffrey Edmund Ioimo / Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Task Force

Antonio Lamar Goins / Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Task Force

Investigator Steven Geon / Autauga County Sheriff’s Department

Chief Deputy Carlton E. Carmichael / Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Department

Intelligence Analyst Audrey McCord / Elmore County Sheriff’s Department

Lieutenant Jeremy Peagler / Georgiana Police Department

Lieutenant J. Disney / Greenville Police Department

Investigator Dion Robinson / Macon County Sheriff’s Department

Investigator Jason Brosius / Millbrook Police Department

Investigator John P. Wilson / Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office

Corporal Rudolph Byrts / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department

Sergeant E. S. Ware / Montgomery Police Department

Lieutenant Ray Wagner / Prattville Police Department

Sergeant John Kemp / Prattville Police Department

Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force

Sergeant Fred White

Investigator Chad Jones

 Investigator Luke Sively

Investigator Cliff Scott

 

Lieutenant Bryan Weed / Troy Police Department

Officer Jared Payton / Wetumpka Police Department

 

 

2016

Trooper Jimmie Hendrix / Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Crime Scene Investigator Steve Campbell / Autauga County Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Donnie Foster / Elmore County Sheriff’s Department

Investigator Dion Robinson / Macon County Sheriff’s Department

Lieutenant Don Pugh / Millbrook Police Department

Corporal Jamail D. Copeland / Montgomery Police Department

Corporal Ben Harrison / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department

Investigator Eric Collier / Prattville Police Department

Special Agent Anthony Birmingham / U.S. Marshals Middle District of Alabama

Sergeant Darrell Spraggins / Wetumpka Police Department

 

 

 

2015

Sergeant Steve Adams / Autauga County Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Jeff Bert / Autauga County Sheriff’s Department

Captain Chris Zeigler / Elmore County Sheriff’s Department

Investigator Dion Robinson / Macon County Sheriff’s Department

Investigator Jason Brosius / Millbrook Police Department

Deputy James Richardson / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department

Officer A. T. Young / Montgomery Police Department

Officer C. B. Smith / Montgomery Police Department

Officer J. L. Armstrong / Montgomery Police Department

Officer R. Q. Russell / Montgomery Police Department

Officer J. E. Borden / Montgomery Police Department

Investigator Scott Baxley / Prattville Police Department

Officer Tim Ward / Troy Police Department

Officer William Mann / Wetumpka Police Department

All Taskforce Officers & Deputy Marshals / U.S. Marshals Middle District of Alabama

 

 

2014

Deputy Clifton McGinnis / Autauga County Sheriff’s Department

 

Deputy M. Talley / Elmore County Sheriff’s Department

 

Officer Scott Liles / Millbrook Police Department

 

Corporal Jodie Woodfin / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department

Corporal A. C. Carlisle / Montgomery Police Department

Corporal L. C. Barnes / Montgomery Police Department

Captain Diane Hamm / Prattville Police Department

Patrolman John Daniel Johnson / Troy Police Department

Detective David R. Hill / U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Task Force

Detective Mike Hafley / Wetumpka Police Department

 

 

 

2013

Investigator Marquez James / Alabama State University Police Department

Sergeant Chris Hill / Autauga County Sheriff’s Department

 

Deputy Bill Wilson / Elmore County Sheriff’s Department

 

Corporal Mark Ritter / Millbrook Police Department

 

Detective Derrick Calhoun / Montgomery Police Department

 

Deputy Michael Edward Morrow / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department

 

Investigator T. R. Hope / Prattville Police Department

 

 

 

 

2012

Deputy Bart S. Watkins / Autauga Co. Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Earnest Murray / Montgomery Co. Sheriff’s Office

Detective Tyler Delashaw / Millbrook Police Department

Cpl. Joseph S. Dunn / Montgomery Police Department

Officer Jeff Mulligan / Prattville Police Department

 

 

2011

Joe Sedinger / Autauga County Sheriff’s Office

T. Conway / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Kirk Pelham / Millbrook Police Department

J.A. Edwards / Montgomery Police Department

 

 

2009/2010

Wyatt Lee Segers / Autauga County Sheriff’s Office

Jeremy Amerson / Elmore County Sheriff’s Office

Marcus Davis / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Kirk Pelham / Millbrook Police Department

Rian Rider / Montgomery Police Department

Kenneth Nesbit / Prattville Police Department

Larry Mann / Wetumpka Police Department

 

 

2008

B.W. Atkins and Johnny Russell / Millbrook Police Department

David Talley / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Jason Brosius/Montgomery Police Department

Mike Myrick / Montgomery Police Department

Jeffrey Hassell/Prattville Police Department

Brett Oakes / Wetumka Police Department

 

 

2007

Jason Chambers / Elmore County Sheriff’s Office

Stan Hinson / Elmore County Sheriff’s Office

Chris Deputy / Wetumpka Police Department

Gary Graves / Prattville Police Department

Larry McDuffie /Autauga County Sheriff’s Office

Johnny Russell / Millbrook Police Department

Rick Thompson / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Guy Naquin / Montgomery Police Department

 

 

2005

Lieutenant Huey Thornton / Montgomery Police Department

 

2004

Corporal Tony Garrett / Montgomery Police Department

 

2003

Sheriff D.T. Marshall / Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office