Crimestoppers names Officer of the Year
Master Police Officer II Lance Moss received a surprise Tuesday afternoon. He was expecting to hand out gifts to needy children, not receive an award for a job well done.
“I was expecting to hand out presents,” Moss said.
Moss earned the Crimestoppers Officer of the Year award. He received a plaque and a pair of engraved handcuffs at the board’s monthly meeting.
“It caught me by surprise. I am very honored to have the award. It it an honor,” Moss said.
His father, Rick, his mother, Kolleen, and his wife, Christina, were all in attendance.
“When going over our past year it became clear to me that one officer possessed all of the qualifications,” said Amy Southards, Crimestoppers coordinator. “He is always willing to work with Crimestoppers tips, handing out flyers and has been known to plaster Crimestoppers magnets on anything metal. He is always willing to help and has always been hardworking.”
Moss is currently assigned to the Housing Unit. He began his career with the department in July 2005. During his tenure he has served on the patrol unit, was a member of the tactical team, and served as an adviser to the department’s Explorer’s program.
His supervisor, Lt. Calvin Carter, recruited Moss and has known him since he began his career at the department.
“He is a hard worker, has a great personality and is great with kids,” Carter said. “He never gets mad about anything and just keeps smiling. I am proud of him. It is a well-deserved award.”
The Crimestoppers Officer of the Year award is based on three main categories: the officer must have a clear understanding of how the program works, understanding anonymity and the need to protect those providing the tips.
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