Jay police department announces awards

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JAY – The local police department has announced the recipients of the 2008 Employee of the Year and 2008 Professionalism Awards.

Jay Police Department Chief Larry White Sr. announced Wednesday that Sgt. Troy Young, a seven-year veteran with the department, would receive the Employee of the Year Award. Officer Michael Mejia will receive the Professionalism Award.

White released a statement, talking about the two awards and officers:
Employee of the Year
Sergeant Troy Young was named employee of the year of the Jay police department for 2008. Sergeant Young joined the Jay police department in March of 2002. He was promoted to Sergeant in March of 2007. Sergeant Young always displays a positive attitude toward his work and fellow officers. He is recognized for his outstanding work in assisting the Chief with the moving of the police department into its new facility in which he put in many long hours. Sgt. Young also covered many on call hours on weekends this past year as the on call supervisor when the department was short staffed.

Sergeant Troy Young recognizes the important roles of responsibility, authority and accountability and places organizational interest ahead of his own personal interests. He leads by example and demonstrates decisive leadership ability. Sergeant Young is an inspiration to all who work under his command.
Professionalism Award
Officer Michael Mejia was awarded the department’s professionalism award for the year 2008. Officer Mejia is a very proactive officer who always gives his utmost to the department. He is an officer that can work unsupervised and achieves optimal levels of personal performance and accomplishments. Besides his patrol duty’s Officer Mejia assists in maintaining the departments computer software programs, he is undergoing training as a Drug Recognition Expert in evaluation and classification. Officer Michael Mejia constantly strives to grow professionally within the department and is an outstanding team player.

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