Assaker repeats as ‘officer of the year’
Second-year Ofc. Adam Assaker won his second consecutive officer-of-the-year award.
Only difference was that this year he did it in 12 months instead of 10. In 2012, Ofc. Assaker won the award, based on cumulative points, even though he joined the department two months into the year.
For 2013, Assaker compiled even more points the previous year than he did to capture the police department’s top honor in 2012.
He totaled 2,700 points, compared to 2,410 last year.
Statistics showed Assaker issued 759 citations, issued 379 warnings, made 38 warrant arrests, 15 felony arrests and 42 drug arrests.
Assaker’s award was presented by Sgt. Stephen Goodrich, who finished ether first or second for officer-of-the-year during a four-year stretch.
Ofc. Steven Cooper picked up the top marksman award from Lee Santo of the Texas A&M Extension Service (TEEX).
Santo noted that the state requires 70 percent of the 50 rounds fired during marksmanship competition to hit targets but the Rockdale Police Department required 100 percent.
Newlin expressed appreciation to numerous community members, and police department members, for their assistance in several barbecue fund-raisers which make the annual banquet possible.
Harris said his unofficial motto for the department is: “If better is possible, is ‘good,’ good enough.”
“Sometimes you have to be more than a law enforcement officer in this job,” Harris said. “You have to be a counselor a preacher and then you have to go out and deal with criminals and sometimes murderers.”
Here are the officer-of-the-year recipients since the award was begun:
2013—Assaker, winner; no runner-up.
2011—Goodrich, winner; 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 a silent auction and a dance.