They work hard to keep residents in Sarpy County safe, and Wednesday, four law enforcement officers were recognized for their hard work in the community.
Law enforcement from LaVista PD, Papillion PD, Bellevue PD and the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department were recognized at the Sarpy County Crime Stoppers annual officer of the year awards luncheon.
Each individual was nominated by their department for their outstanding service to the community in regards to solving and preventing crimes.
In LaVista, Detective Ben Iversen was named Officer of the Year for his work investigating cases involving internet technology and internet crimes against children.
As his supervisor, Sgt. Jeremy Kinsey stated, “I could honestly say that Ben deserves this recognition every year. He is my Go-To guy on the toughest cases we investigate and an overall great cop.”
The Sarpy County Sheriff's Department selected Deputy Nikki Damewood for her work with drug and gang prevention in the schools.
In the last 13 years Deputy Damewood has taught hundreds of DARE and GREAT classes, having a positive impact on thousands of students. Community leaders such as Gretna School Superintendent Kevin Riley and Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis have been inspired by Damewood’s ability to mentor and interact positively with students.
She has gotten lots of thank yous from parents and teachers alike throughout the years, and that's why her colleagues at the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office say she is well deserving of Officer of the Year.
The Bellevue Police Department’s selection for Sarpy County Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year is Detective Roy Howell.
Bellevue Police say that they could not have cracked a case of a sexual assault suspect, now facing 38 counts of possession of child pornography, without Howell's help in the investigation.
Howell also played a role in many other major cyber crime cases and his colleagues say that "many other local agencies rely on Detective Howell’s expertise and experience to identify suspects, recover evidence, establish probably cause and build strong cases that hold offenders accountable for their crimes. He is dedicated to his work and is committed to finding the evidence which all too often goes undetected in the cyber-world."
The Papillion Police Department has named a detective working undercover as their Sarpy Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year.
The detective was key in bringing down some major drug activity going on in the Papillion area.
All honorees were given a plaque to commemorate the honor.