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LPD officers honored at yearly banquet

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Lawton Police Officers were honored at the department's 2016 awards banquet. 

Officer Josh Dawson won the Officer of the Year Award, and Detective Rachel Flores was named non-uniformed Officer of the Year. 

The officers were nominated by fellow officers or supervisors and then selected by a committee made up of a cross-section of members of the department.

Joshua Dawson joined the force about three and a half years ago and is from Lawton. He said he wanted to be an officer to serve the community that he grew up in. 

Dawson said one thing he enjoys about being an officer is how the job is never the same.

"It is absolutely something different,” Dawson said. “You don't know if you're going to go on a shooting, you don't know if you're going to go on a domestics all day long, you don't know if you're not gonna get a call. With Lawton, there is always something different."

Police spokesman Sergeant Timothy Jenkins said Dawson's daily effort, arrests, and the number of calls he takes is something that made him stand out and his fellow officers took note. 

Dawson said it was shocking to be nominated, but winning the award isn't going to make him change what he does every day.

"I don't expect anything out of it,” Dawson said. “It's nice just to get a thank you every now and then."

Detective Rachel Flores has been with the department for eight years and with the criminal investigation division for three years.

She was named non-uniformed Officer of the Year because of the work she did in solving a case and getting the suspect arrested.

"It shows you that your hard work is recognized,” Flores said. “You're not always told that but tonight is one of those nights."

Detective Flores was also honored with the Police Commendation Bar. 

She said they're able to get the job done because of those who were recognized and whose who weren't.

"It's a team effort and we all come together to support each other in that team effort," Flores said.

Also honored on Friday were Lieutenant Larry Cochran, Officer Collin Ney, and Sergeant Christopher Adamson for their lifesaving acts.

The Civilian Employee of the Year was Kaitlyn Knott.

Captain Robert Puccino was given the Medal of Valor and named Supervisor of the Year. 

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