ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Police honoring police—that was the theme of the 4th District Police Officers Awards Lunch, where police voted for the top officers of the year.
For 2013, Officer Benjamin Bayless took home the Officer of the Year prize.
Colleagues call Bayless, a bicycle officer, the “honey badger” because of his tenacity.
Police Chief Sam Dotson says Bayless responded to more than 1100 calls over the year, resulting in 225 reports and 90 arrests. That accounts for one-fourth of all arrests made by his unit.
“That’s the job we expect police officers to do, and a lot of times they do it with total disregard for their personal safety,” he says. “They do it without a lot of pay. They do it because it’s something that they’ve chosen to do—public service—and we’re very proud of them.”
Each district has its own awards ceremony. The 4th District protects downtown.
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