LOGAN — The Smithfield City Police Department honored three of their officers Wednesday night, during a banquet and awards ceremony.
Police Chief Travis Allen said the department presented their “Police Officer of the Year Award” to Officer Derek Spence, the agencies firearms instructor and representative on the SWAT Team.
“He has been through several highly stressful calls throughout his career,” explained Allen. “What we noted, last year there was a mother that had just lost her baby. He was really sympathetic towards her and worked well with her, to the point that she only wanted to work one-on-one with him, because he treated her so good. He drove her to the hospital and all sorts of stuff after that traumatic experience.”
Officer Bret Stirland was recognized with the “Chief of Police Commendation Medal,” for his use of uncommitted patrol time. He reportedly made several warrant, drug and DUI arrests when not responding to patrol calls.
Officer Adam Roper was presented with the “Police S.T.A.R. Award,” for his work on a fatal accident that occurred in front of Lee’s Marketplace in October 2016. His investigation during 2017 eventually led to the successful prosecution of Eska M. Bird for automobile homicide.
“What stood out there was his report writing ability and how important that is. We had more GRAMA requests for that accident report than any other report. It is important as police officers that they do a really thorough investigation and follow it up with a very thorough accident report.”
Allen said as he looks back over the past years, he sees a lot of growth that has come to Smithfield. He expressed appreciation to the efforts of all his staff, working so closely with the residents of the city.
“We learn really quickly how to deal with the public and work with them, and find positive outcomes anywhere we can. That’s where we’re a little bit different than North Logan and even Logan. Most of the time we just deal with crimes that affect the citizens. I think it is a different style of police work up here. It still has that small town feel but it is growing so rapidly.”
Wednesday’s awards banquet coincided with National Law Enforcement Week.