Each year Boone Police Department recognizes outstanding service to our community by our sworn and civilian employees by awarding an Officer of the Year and an Employee of the Year. The recipients are chosen by the Chief of Police from nominations from the members of the police department.
2015 Officer of the Year
For 2015, our Officer of the Year is Sergeant Matt Stevens. Matt joined the Boone Police Department in August of 1997 as a Telecommunicator. In May of 1999, Matt joined the Patrol Division as a Police Officer. Since then, Matt has served as a Criminal Investigator and most recently as the Department Forensic Digital Evidence Technician. In the narrative nominating Matt for 2015 Officer of the Year, it was noted that he has gone above and beyond performing his assigned duties and has tackled some major projects for the benefit of the Police Department in 2015. These projects included modernizing our alarm ordinance into a workable, enforceable town ordinance. This required extensive research and evaluation on Matt's part. Matt also supervised the Communications Center for several months after the retirement of the prior communications director until a suitable replacement could be hired. Matt has demonstrated his desire to support the mission and objectives of the Police Department on a daily basis. Matt often helps out on patrol when needed, and often volunteers to take walk-in cases involving financial or computer related crimes reducing the caseload of the Criminal Investigations Unit. Matt exemplifies initiative and willingness to serve. Matt is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations prestigious National Academy. We are fortunate to have Matt as a co-worker, friend, and leader. Hats off to Matt for his outstanding service.
2015 Employee of the Year
The 2015 Employee of the Year award is given to Telecommunicator Kayla Trivette. Kayla joined the Boone Police Department Communications Division in November of 2011. Since that time Kayla has been a model employee. Her nomination narrative notes that her handling of communications from callers and officers is always complete and accurate. Kayla has kept up with changes in the field of telecommunications, technology, and policy by going the extra step and completing all suggested training, not just the minimum requirements. Kayla is a team player and is committed to supporting the mission and goals of the Communications division and the Police Department as a whole. The citizens and emergency responders in Boone are fortunate to have someone as dedicated and caring as Kayla serving them. Thank you Kayla for your outstanding service. It is a pleasure to work with you.
2014 Officer of the Year
For 2014, our Office of the Year is Master Police Officer Joe Knapp. Joe joined the Boone Police Department in August of 2008. Joe has served each year with distinction, always striving to do the best job he can for the citizens of Boone and his coworkers. In the narrative nominating Joe for 2014 Officer of the Year, he was described as, "personifying what a law enforcement officer should be." Joe goes above and beyond the call to duty, always providing exemplary service to the citizens of Boone and his fellow officers. Joe holds himself to the highest ethical standards at all times and provides a positive and reassuring presence to all he encounters. Joe serves as a Field Training Officer and is responsible for introducing new officers to the rigors of being a Boone Police Officer. We are fortunate to count Joe as a coworker and look forward to continuing to serve with him here in Boone. Way to go Joe.
2014 Employee of the Year
The 2014 Employee of the Year award is given to Administrative Support Specialist, April Gunter. April has been employed with the Town of Boone for over six years. Her primary administrative duties for Boone Police Department include departmental payroll, evidence custodian, budget management, employment and non-criminal fingerprinting. April is also responsible for maintaining all training records and overseeing the on-sight Operation Medicine Drop box, among a host of other administrative duties. April is described by fellow employees as being super dependable, honest and extremely conscientious about doing a good job. Chief Crawford said that April is, "one of the hardest working employees we have. She is the epitome of efficient. We are very fortunate to have April as an employee."