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Assaker repeats as ‘officer of the year’

Crowd of 350 honors police in Saturday banquet, dance
By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor


From left, Ofc. Adam Assaker accepts his second straight officer-of-the-year award while Sgt. Stephen Goodrich (another two-time winner) Police Chief Thomas Harris and Lt. J. D. Newlin look on. Goodrich, Harris and Newlin took part in the program. 
Reporter/Mike Brown From left, Ofc. Adam Assaker accepts his second straight officer-of-the-year award while Sgt. Stephen Goodrich (another two-time winner) Police Chief Thomas Harris and Lt. J. D. Newlin look on. Goodrich, Harris and Newlin took part in the program. Reporter/Mike Brown The 2013 officer-of-the-year banquet looked a lot like the 2012 event.

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.


Crowd of over 350, including many in the Milam County law enforcement community, packed the KC Hall for banquet dance. Crowd of over 350, including many in the Milam County law enforcement community, packed the KC Hall for banquet dance. MARKSMAN—Lt. J. D. Newlin, said no runner-up award was presented in 2013 because David Wright, the officer who finished second in the point totals, is no longer with the department.

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.


Seated, honoree Adam Assaker with wife Brandi holding son Antonio and with step-sons Jeremy Rent (L) and Joshua Rent. Standing (L-R) mom Debbie Assaker, aunt Mirella Lanmon, uncle David Lanmon and grandmother Betty Crum. Seated, honoree Adam Assaker with wife Brandi holding son Antonio and with step-sons Jeremy Rent (L) and Joshua Rent. Standing (L-R) mom Debbie Assaker, aunt Mirella Lanmon, uncle David Lanmon and grandmother Betty Crum. Police Chief Thomas Harris gave the welcome and praised the dedication of the award.

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.


Ofc. Steven Cooper (R) picked up the topgun award from Lee Santo of Texas A& Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Award is bestowed upon the officer with best marksmanship in annual shooting competition. Ofc. Steven Cooper (R) picked up the topgun award from Lee Santo of Texas A& Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Award is bestowed upon the officer with best marksmanship in annual shooting competition. 2012—Assaker, winner; Steven Cooper, 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.


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