Goodrich is officer-of-the-year
There were four of them on hand, including Ofc. Stephen Goodrich III, who was named the department’s officer for the second time in the four years he’s been with the department.
(He was runner-up the other two times).
Also in the hall were the honoree’s father, Stephen Goodrich II and grandfather, the original Stephen Goodrich.
As was the 2010 top cop’s son whose name is—what else?— Stephen Goodrich IV.
“And we’ve all got the same middle name, Gilland,” a proud “Stephen I” told The Reporter.
STATS— “Officer of the Year” is based on cumulative points over a 12-month period with points awarded for a variety of police actions.
Goodrich earned a total of 1,669.5 points, representing clearing 63 investigations, participating in 17 drug busts, issuing 250 citations, making 45 warrant arrests, obtaining 34 confessions and investigating 28 accidents.
Ofc. Steven Cooper, who was only with the department 10 months in the 12-month period covered by the contest, finished a strong second with 1,593.5 points.
That represents clearing 94 investigations, participating in seven drug busts, issuing 601 citations, making 33 warrant arrests, obtaining nine confessions and investigating 21 accidents.
“I know that I’m probably not easy to work for,” he said. “I keep preaching excellence at them. I like to keep bringing up the saying, ‘if better is possible, is good good enough’?”
“And we’ve got a great police department,” he said.
Harris praised the community for its support of the department. “I think you can tell by the turnout tonight what kind of support we get from ths community,” he said.
Harris expressed appreciation to the city council and city administration for their support.
Lt. J. D. Newlin announced that Goodrich was also the recipient of the departments 2101 Top Gun award, given to the officer who scores best on required marksmanship testing.
STAFF—Current members of the Rockdale Police Department are:
Lieutenant—J. D. Newlin.
Officers—Stephen Goodrich III, Steven Cooper, S. A. Smith, Brandon Tess, Dale Bekker, John Luedeman, Brandon Reiser, Adam Assaker.
Animal control officer— Fred Lankford.
School resource officer— Tommy Shriver.
Administrative assistant— Shanna Goodrich.
Dispatchers—Monica Baxter, Sandy Kunkel, Trina Young, Esther Cole.
The evening ended with a dance featuring Shawn Jennings.
Officer of the year banquets are wholly funded by fund raisers and ticket sales.