By TYLER MASK
Mineral Wells Police Department took center stage at Tuesday night’s regular city council meeting to recognize the 2013 MWPD Officer of the Year and recipients of the Craig Crawford Memorial Award, as well to congratulate graduating Citizens Police Academy’s Class 16.
2013 Officer of the Year
Each year, MWPD nominates an Officer of the Year. Officer nominations are gathered from all police officers and staff members within the department. Once all the nominations are gathered, they are then reviewed by a peer leadership committee before making a final decision, Sullivan told the council.
“Tonight, we’d like to recognize officer Nick Wells as our 2013 Officer of the Year,” Sullivan said. “… [Nick] has done an outstanding job. His professionalism and example is really a true symbol of the community policing model that we are trying to promote. Nick is out there as a servant to the public. He understands that servant leadership that we are trying to evolve as we change the culture of this department and move forward as a professional organization.”
Commentary from some of his nominations include:
“[Nick] operates with more professionalism – ethics – and morals than any officer I have had the pleasure to work with.”
“He performs his job with courtesy and compassion in every situation.”
“I have never worked with a more competent, compassionate, ethical officer.”
Craig Crawford Memorial Award Recipients
The Craig Crawford Memorial Scholarship Foundation was born after the untimely death of Mineral Wells Police Officer Craig Crawford in 2002. During the foundation’s annual golf tournament each year, they announce scholarship and award recipients. This year, MWPD Chief Dean Sullivan and MWPD Detective Neal Davis received the award.
As Sullivan delivered this information, he said he was humbled to receive the honor.
“This is an award that speaks to the character and the integrity that Mineral Wells Police officers really should and have stood for since the beginning,” Sullivan said.