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Assaker named ‘officer of the year’

12 points separate first, second in closest competition to date
By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor


Looking on as Adam Assaker (second from left) was honored as officer-of-the-year were his family members: (L-R) grandmother Betty Crum, mother Debbie Assaker and grandfather Harold Crum. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Looking on as Adam Assaker (second from left) was honored as officer-of-the-year were his family members: (L-R) grandmother Betty Crum, mother Debbie Assaker and grandfather Harold Crum. Reporter/Mike Brown First-year member of the Rockdale Police Department, Ofc. Adam Assaker, did two things not usually associated with a “rookie.”

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.


Crowd of over 300, including many in Milam County law enforcement, turned out for annual banquet at KC Hall Saturday night. Crowd of over 300, including many in Milam County law enforcement, turned out for annual banquet at KC Hall Saturday night. The competition covers all 12 months of the previous year.

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.


Last year’s winner, Sgt. Stephen Goodrich (L) presented the 2012 Officer of the Year award to Ofc. Adam Assaker. Last year’s winner, Sgt. Stephen Goodrich (L) presented the 2012 Officer of the Year award to Ofc. Adam Assaker. He introduced the award winners. Here are the recipient s since the award was begun:

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.


Chief Thomas Harris (L) praised dedication of officers, dispatchers, Ofc. Steven Cooper was runner-up for second straight year. Chief Thomas Harris (L) praised dedication of officers, dispatchers, Ofc. Steven Cooper was runner-up for second straight year. “I sometimes feel dispatchers don’t get enough credit for what they do,” he said. “They’re swamped with calls when there’s a power outage or water leak.”

“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.”




Deputy Sheriff Mike Clore (L) picked up a special award for his drug enforcement work. Presenter Lt. J. D. Newlin said in 2011 Clore made 63 drug cases resulting in 43 arrests, about half of them in Rockdale. Newlin said in 2010 Clore made 110 drug cases resulting in 80 arrests. Deputy Sheriff Mike Clore (L) picked up a special award for his drug enforcement work. Presenter Lt. J. D. Newlin said in 2011 Clore made 63 drug cases resulting in 43 arrests, about half of them in Rockdale. Newlin said in 2010 Clore made 110 drug cases resulting in 80 arrests.

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