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Sherwood honors its law enforcement

Lisa Curry, Detective Jamal Hockaday, and Vivian McNeil, and were recently recogized as the dispatcher, officer, and civilian employee of the year for 2013, respectively, for the Sherwood Police Department.
Lisa Curry, Detective Jamal Hockaday, and Vivian McNeil, and were recently recogized as the dispatcher, officer, and civilian employee of the year for 2013, respectively, for the Sherwood Police Department.

The city of Sherwood recently recognized some of its finest as the police department bestowed its civilian, dispatcher and officer of the year awards for 2013.

Vivian McNeil was recognized as the 2013 Civilian Employee of the Year.

“It is with great pleasure that I inform you that you have been selected as Civilian Employee of the Year for 2013,” said Police Chief Jim Bedwell and Mayor Virginia Hillman in a letter to McNeil. “During the last year you consistently demonstrated a superior degree of enthusiasm, dedication and devotion to duty as an employee of the Sherwood Police Department. I, therefore, take this opportunity to commend you for your dedication, devotion to duty, professionalism and untiring spirit.”

McNeil works as a cashier for the police department.

“You deal with more people in a day than anyone else at the police department,” reads the letter. “Your attitude is always one of professionalism and courtesy. Though not every person you make contact with during work is a pleasant experience for you, you make it as pleasant as possible for them by greeting them with an inspiring smile, gracious attitude, and a goal to help them with whatever they need.”

McNeil’s consistency of demonstrating concern for the people of this city and her caring attitude, high level of personal initiative, and her persistent pursuit of excellence are major contributing factors to her successful accomplishments.

“It is employees such as you that set the example for others to emulate and impress upon the citizens of Sherwood that their Police Department is professional, concerned, caring, and dedicated to providing the best police service possible,” concludes McNeal’s letter.

Lisa Curry was named the Sherwood Police Department’s 2013 Dispatcher of the Year.

“During the last year you consistently demonstrated a superior degree of enthusiasm, dedication and devotion to duty as a member of the Sherwood Police Department,” reads Curry’s letter. “I, therefore, take this opportunity to commend you for your dedication, devotion to duty, professionalism and untiring spirit.”

With 34 years of experience as a dispatcher for the Sherwood Police Department, Curry was told she never hesitates to train, guide or direct those with much less time and knowledge.

“It is also well known that you volunteer much of your personal time to help charitable organizations such as the Special Olympics and Toys for Tots,” reads Curry’s letter.

During the year, Curry consistently performed her assigned duties in a diligent and professional manner that has earned her the respect of her peers and supervisors.

“Your consistency of demonstrating concern for the people of this city and your caring attitude, high level of personal initiative, and your persistent pursuit of excellence are major contributing factors to your successful accomplishments,” Curry was told. “It is employees such as you that set the example for others to emulate and impress upon the citizens of Sherwood that their Police Department is professional, concerned, caring, and dedicated to providing the best police service possible.

Detective Jamal Hockaday was recognized as the 2013 Officer of the Year.

“During the year you consistently performed your assigned duties in a diligent and professional manner that has earned you the respect of your peers and supervisors. Your consistency of demonstrating concern for the people of this city and your caring attitude, high level of personal initiative, and your persistent pursuit of excellence are major contributing factors to your successful accomplishments,” reads Hockaday’s letter.

Hockaday was advised he is respected throughout the department as a distinguished investigator, especially in the field of Forgery and Financial Crimes, and as an officer who is willing to help other divisions by filling in as needed.

“Supervisors often inform me of how much they appreciate you, how your hard work has made the difference in solving cases, and you can be counted on to go above and beyond what is expected,” Hockaday was told. “During the last year you consistently demonstrated a superior degree of enthusiasm, dedication and devotion to duty as an employee of the Sherwood Police Department. I, therefore, take this opportunity to commend you for your dedication, devotion to duty, professionalism and untiring spirit.”

Bedwell and Hillman added, “It is employees such as you that set the example for others to emulate and impress upon the citizens of Sherwood that their Police Department is professional, concerned, caring, and dedicated to providing the best police service possible.”

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