As of Friday, February 8, 2013
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The Exchange Club of Albany's 2012 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year Are: from right, Patrol Officer Richard L. French, Dougherty County Police Department, Trooper First Class Christopher Jewell, Georgia State Patrol, Sergeant Travis Davis, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, Corporal Jean Casseus, Albany Police Department, Deputy Timothy Holman, Lee County Sheriff's Office and Ranger First Class Tony Cox, Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
ALBANY, Ga. -- By their exemplary attitudes and actions, six area law enforcement officials earned gratitude, honor and standing ovations from the Exchange Club of Albany Friday.
The six, with their organizations and accomplishments noted at the Exchange Club meeting were:
Albany Police Department Cpl. Jean Casseus: Casseus exhibited a strong leadership role while with the Gang Unit, including spending countless hours of personal time interviewing confidential informants, identifying and tracking gang-related criminal activities and helping break the Crips gang from 2010 through prosecutions in 2012.
Dougherty County Police Department Officer Richard L. French: French was chosen by his peers for the honor for his dedication, motivation and his work with the department's Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) unit.
Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Travis Davis: Davis exemplifies every strong character trait that all citizens deserve and expect from those who are sworn to serve and protect them.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger First Class Tony Cox: Cox's work ethic and positive attitude are an inspiration to his other officers. His enforcement activity always leads the region's efforts.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Christopher Jewell: Jewell conducted 1,113 traffic stops and issued 749 citations and 897 warnings. He took 74 dangerous drunken drivers off the road, possibly saving lives.
Lee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Timothy Holman: Holman, a member of the Lee County Gang Task Force, was nicknamed "Bulldog" after chasing down a burglary suspect on foot. Once the "Bulldog" gets on the trail, he always gets his man.
The Exchange Club has been honoring law enforcement members who stand up to serve and protect for more than 50 years.