The Omaha Police Foundation will present its 13th Annual Omaha Police Officer of the Year Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street.
All 22 officers who were chosen by the command staff of the Omaha Police Department as an Officer of the Month in 2012 will be recognized at the luncheon for their outstanding work, and the 2012 Officer of the Year will be chosen from among those monthly honorees.
This year’s awards luncheon is chaired by Deryl F. Hamann, senior counsel with Baird Holm LLP. Hamann served as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Ethics of the Nebraska State Bar Association, director and president of the Nebraska Association of Bank Attorneys, and trustee and president of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.
Hamann is also former chairman and CEO of Great Western Bancorp. In 2011, Hamann was named 115th King of Ak-Sar-Ben.
"Omaha Police Officers face many challenges while fulfilling their duty to serve and protect the citizens of Omaha, and the Omaha Police Foundation exists to ensure that funding is secured to meet many important needs," Hamann said. "I am honored to serve as chair for this year’s luncheon and not only recognize the contributions of officers who went above and beyond the call of duty, but also support the mission of the Omaha Police Foundation."
The public is invited to attend this event, which will also feature an outdoor exhibition of various law enforcement units and vehicles including M.E.R.V. (Metro Emergency Response Vehicle), a police motorcycle, the newest model police cruiser, the "Join OPD" Hummer H3, and a horse and rider from the Mounted Patrol Unit.
Inside the Scott Conference Center, visitors will be able to see displays on crime prevention, neighborhood watch, and Explorer Post 591, which is managed through OPD’s Crime Prevention Unit.
Individual tickets are available for $75 each, or a table of 10 can be reserved for $750 (two chairs at each table may be donated for honored police personnel).
Reservations can be made by contacting Omaha Police Foundation administrator Elizabeth Balazs at (402) 345-5401, ext. 102, or firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 15.
Tickets will not be available at the luncheon.