Officer 1st Class John Edwards was honored by the American Legion as Dalton’s Police Officer of the Year on Thursday night. Edwards was honored in part for his work mentoring younger officers in the DPD’s ranks.
Assistant Chief Cliff Cason introduced Edwards for the honor on Thursday night, noting that Edwards oversees the field training program for new officer trainees. That program takes new officers fresh from the academy through a multi-phase program in which they ride with more experienced officers who mentor them and evaluate their progress. In addition to mentoring officers and overseeing the training program, Officer Edwards also serves as a liaison between the training program and the department’s command staff, keeping the officers in charge apprised of each new officer’s progress.
“Officer Edwards mentors and introduces all of the new officers to our department and has given his time selflessly to guide officers through the process,” Chief Cason said in his opening remarks. “Edwards often develops new and innovative ways to get the most out of each officer.”
“It takes a great team to be an effective organization, and I’m proud that Officer Edwards is on my team,” Cason concluded.
Below: DPD Officer 1st Class John Edwards