Lower Saucon Township Police Chief Guy Lesser was on hand at township council's Feb. 15 meeting to present his department's annual Police Awards to a half dozen officers he said represent the best of the best.
Honored during a brief ceremony were officers Rob Winters, Eric Marth, Kyle Haggerty, Charles "Chuck" Werkheiser Jr., Willie Shelly and Jeremy L. Hantz.
All of the officers were honored with enforcement commendation plaques for their work combating driving under the influence of alcohol.
Their efforts, Lesser said, have helped make Lower Saucon Township's roads safer for everyone--and according to a department press release, "all officers were, as a group, among the top in the county for arrests as confirmed by the Northampton County DUI Program."
Lesser also noted that Shelly is the department's firearms instructor, while Hantz is in charge of Taser training.
Lastly, the department's Officer of the Year and runner-up Officer of the Year awards were presented.
Werkheiser was given the runner-up award, and Winters was named Lower Saucon Township Police Department's Officer of the Year for 2011.
"These two men are very focused," Lesser said. "That's critical--as important as getting the job done."
"The (Officer of the Year) award is based on overall performance," he explained, before presenting plaques to both men and congratulating them.
According to the press release, Winters "scored the highest overall totals in 13 areas of police performance covering appearance, report quality, commendation vs. complaints, Tracker/Vascar operation, criminal arrests, non-traffic citations, traffic citations, warning notices, parking tickets, patrol mileage, vacant home checks, vehicle stops, and incidents/crashes/offenses investigated."
Township council also passed a resolution officially recognizing the officers for their awards.