Assaker named ‘officer of the year’
Last April he made a capital murder arrest, not something which happens routinely in Rockdale.
And Saturday night he was named the department’s officer of-the-year for at the annual awards banquet.
The two are related, sort of. Assaker received 10 points in the annual competition for his arrest of one of the two suspects in the murder of San Gabriel resident Sandra Phillips.
And he won officer-of-theyear by 10 points over runner up Ofc. Steven Cooper, the closest competition in the award’s six-year history.
10 MONTHS—There’ s more. Police Chief Thomas Harris pointed out Assaker compiled his 2,410 points in just 10 months.
Sgt. Stephen Goodrich, last year’s winner, said Assaker cleared 107 cases, obtained 35 confessions “all Mirandized” and made 28 drug busts, more than half of them felonies.
Assaker also issued 770 citations and made 16 warrant arrests.
He thanked Harris and his fellow officers for their support.
“This is a job I enjoy every day,” Assaker said. “We all act like a family. This (award) has helped show me that I belong in law enforcement.”
WINNERS—Goodrich, who had been either the award winner or runner-up the previous four years, was promoted to sergeant during the past year and was not eligible to compete.
2012—Assaker, winner; Steven Cooper, runner-up.
2011— Goodrich, w inner; Cooper, runner-up.
2010—Mike Hoyt, winner; Goodrich, runner-up.
2009—Hoyt, winner; Goodrich, runner-up.
2008—Goodrich, winner; Rusty Brindle, runner-up.
2007—James Woodward, winner; David Everton, runner-up.
The evening also featured silent and live auctions, a catered banquet and a dance with The Crossroads.
McDONALD’S—Harris praised the dedication of officers and department’s dispatchers.
“And they also have to deal with a lot of calls where people ask for the number to McDonald’s,” he said. “And when that happens, they look it up and tell them.”