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Kent County Sheriff Department awards

Sheriff Larry Stelma recently announced 2012 Deputies of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year.

Eric Hutchinson, Emergency Communications Supervisor I—Dispatch, was selected as 2012 Civilian Employee of the Year; Deputy Wayne Secord was selected as 2012 Deputy of the Year—Corrections; and Detective Justin DeBoode was selected as 2012 Deputy of the Year—Law Enforcement

These three employees were honored at the Kent County Sheriff Department Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 22, 2013.

ERIC HUTCHINSON

-N-Sheriff-Awards-HutchinsonIt is with great pleasure that the Kent County Sheriff Department name Eric Hutchinson as 2012 Civilian Employee of the Year. Eric began his career at the Kent County Sheriff Department on July 19, 1999 as a full time Emergency Communications Operator. On October 25, 2010, Eric was promoted to Emergency Communications Supervisor I.

When dealing with a variety of emergency calls, Eric maintains a level head and calm demeanor and goes the extra mile when assisting the needs of the public. Eric evolved into the dispatcher you want on the other end of your call or radio during any emergency run.

In 2008, Eric was recognized with a Letter of Recognition for his assistance to Consumers Power by installing electronic surveillance devices on their copper wire supply that ultimately lead police to arrest theft suspects. Also in 2008, Eric was recognized with a Letter of Appreciation for his explicit communications during a police pursuit involving multiple agencies. In 2010, he was recognized with a Letter of Recognition for his dispatching expertise during a home invasion resulting in the arrest of the suspects. In 2011, he was awarded a Letter of Recognition for his service on the new 911 phone equipment committee and staff training and a Letter of Recognition for serving on the Dispatch Contract Transition Team. In 2012, he was included in the Unit Citation presented to the Communications Center for their service during the crane collapse incident. Eric has many skills that include an exceptional aptitude for technology that is continuously called upon by many departments.

Since 2010, Eric has been a member of the Motorola Premier One CAD project team. This was a huge undertaking and was monumental in its successful deployment on the December 4, 2012 Go-Live transition. Eric wrote the Request for Bids, coordinated with Purchasing, assisted in selecting a vendor, and ensured compliance. Eric was responsible for the structured wiring design of the new dispatch center; to put this in perspective, there are 7.9 MILES of data cables that run from the new dispatch center to the data-comm room. Eric was also responsible for troubleshooting mobile issues and then applying the software to over 170 police and fire mobiles serviced by the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Communication Center.

DEPUTY WAYNE SECORD

-N-Sheriff-Awards-SecordIt is with great pleasure the Kent County Sheriff Department name Deputy Wayne Secord the 2012 Deputy of the Year—Corrections.

Wayne began his career on April 10, 1995 at the Kent County Sheriff Department as a Corrections Officer. While assigned to the main jail facility, Wayne worked virtually every duty station. His responsibilities included conducting inmate searches, transfers and investigations regarding alleged incidents, admitting visitors, conducting inmate counts, inspecting living quarters, and assisting in the Inmate Services Program.

Whatever the task or the assignment, Wayne will always greet you with a smile on his face. Wayne is an incredibly hard worker and never lets the stress of the job affect his work. He adapts well to whichever work station he is assigned to as if he has been there the whole time. He is professional, has an excellent work ethic, and is dedicated to his job.

Wayne is currently assigned to central control and played an important part of maintaining safety and security during the recent construction of the jail renovation project and the smooth transition to the new jail.

Deputies know they can depend on Wayne and he does a superior job keeping track of cameras and what is happening throughout the over 1200 bed facility.

Deputy Secord’s commitment to doing his very best and going above and beyond makes our facility and community a safer place.

DETECTIVE JUSTIN DEBOODE

-N-Sheriff-Awards-DeBoodeIt is with great pleasure that the Kent County Sheriff Department name Detective Justin DeBoode the 2012 Deputy of the Year—Law Enforcement.

Justin began his career on February 14, 2000 as a County Police Cadet, working part time while attending college full time. From May to July 2000, Justin attended a Grand Valley State University sponsored summer trip to Tubingen, Germany. He graduated from college in Fall 2002 and, on January 13, 2003 was hired as County Patrol Officer, providing services to the residents of Kent County by enforcing laws and traffic regulations, investigating crime, and utilizing crime prevention techniques.

Justin is currently assigned to the Detective Bureau serving on the Major Case Team and Tactical Team. Justin’s attributes demonstrate the model deputy. The professionalism and thoroughness of his work is something to be admired and his personal life is beyond reproach.

Justin has had many successful investigations and convictions in the five years as detective. He has a strong work ethic and personal morals. He is assertive and displayed heroic actions during his career. Justin is known to go above and beyond the call of duty to comfort victims of crime. He is a tremendous asset to those who work with him and gives 100 percent to each case.

Throughout his career, Justin has received five Letters of Recognition and three Letters of Commendation for services characterized by outstanding ability and exemplary performance. In 2007, Justin was awarded a Distinguished Police Service Award for his part during a standoff with a dangerous, armed, murder suspect, where his life, along with his fellow deputies’ lives, were endangered, and they had to use deadly force.

Detective DeBoode’s constant commitment to his profession is overwhelming evidence of his dedication, teamwork philosophy, and enthusiasm for his patrols, investigations, and willingness to help others.

 

DETECTIVE JUSTIN DEBOODE

 

 

 

It is with great pleasure that the Kent County Sheriff Department name Detective Justin DeBoode the 2012 Deputy of the Year—Law Enforcement.

Justin began his career on February 14, 2000 as a County Police Cadet, working part time while attending college full time. From May to July 2000, Justin attended a Grand Valley State University sponsored summer trip to Tubingen, Germany. He graduated from college in Fall 2002 and, on January 13, 2003 was hired as County Patrol Officer, providing services to the residents of Kent County by enforcing laws and traffic regulations, investigating crime, and utilizing crime prevention techniques.

Justin is currently assigned to the Detective Bureau serving on the Major Case Team and Tactical Team. Justin’s attributes demonstrate the model deputy. The professionalism and thoroughness of his work is something to be admired and his personal life is beyond reproach.

Justin has had many successful investigations and convictions in the five years as detective. He has a strong work ethic and personal morals. He is assertive and displayed heroic actions during his career. Justin is known to go above and beyond the call of duty to comfort victims of crime. He is a tremendous asset to those who work with him and gives 100 percent to each case.

Throughout his career, Justin has received five Letters of Recognition and three Letters of Commendation for services characterized by outstanding ability and exemplary performance. In 2007, Justin was awarded a Distinguished Police Service Award for his part during a standoff with a dangerous, armed, murder suspect, where his life, along with his fellow deputies’ lives, were endangered, and they had to use deadly force.

Detective DeBoode’s constant commitment to his profession is overwhelming evidence of his dedication, teamwork philosophy, and enthusiasm for his patrols, investigations, and willingness to help others.

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