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Story published: 01-29-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Four Jonesborough police officers awarded

By Kristen Swing
Executive Editor

Four Jonesborough police officers recently received recognition for their efforts on the job.

Sgt. Chad Proffitt and Public Safety Officer Scottie Greene both earned awards from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

Proffitt was one of just six in a 26-county region to be named a “2012 East Tennessee Officer of the Year” by the GHSO for distinguished police performance.

Proffitt achieved the high level of performance while assigned additional responsibilities and duties as a general departmental instructor and platoon supervisor.

Greene was one of six in the same 26-county region to be named a “2012 East Tennessee DUI Officer of the Year” for his efforts in keeping drunk drivers off the road.

Greene is also one of two officers within the department to have a police K9 partner, Rio.

“Sgt. Proffitt and PSO Greene continue to set the example for officers not only in this department, but across the region,” Police Chief Matt Hawkins said.

The department also recently named its own “Officer of the Year” and “Reserve Officer of the Year.”

Officer Mike McPeak was selected by the department’s sergeants as the Jonesborough Officer of the Year for his “consistent daily performance, high level of productivity and positive attitude throughout the year,” Hawkins said. “He is selected by his peers for that.”

Hawkins called McPeak a “true team player who seeks out extra duties and is always willing to assist fellow members of the department.”

McPeak handles the department’s other police K9, Gregor.

Frank Branch was selected by department officers as the Reserve Officer of the Year for his “dedicated service to the agency and the Town of Jonesborough,” Hawkins said.

Branch completed more than 200 hours of volunteer service working special events for the town, attending training and performing patrol duties alongside full-time officers.

“These were all completed as a volunteer without any compensation,” Hawkins said.

During a Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last week, Mayor Kelly Wolfe commended the four men for their dedication to the town.

“We have a very fine police force in this town,” Wolfe added. “As a small town, we are well protected and well represented by our men and women in blue and black.”