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Local man is a 'hero in law enforcement'

At the Attorney General's 2007 Law Enforcement Summit held today in Montgomery, approximately 570 law enforcement professionals received specialized training to deal with school violence issues. In addition to a series of presentations by experts about "School Violence: Equipping Law Enforcement for Crises on Campus," this eighth annual conference featured a tribute by Attorney General Troy King to the state's law enforcement officer of the year and recipients for the state's three regions.  He also honored five fallen law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during the last year, presenting family members with Certificates of Valor.

Attorney General King welcomed law enforcement officers as the conference began, telling them "how proud I am to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you as Alabama's chief law enforcement officer, and how proud I am of the work being done by law enforcement across the state, the work being done by you. "

In a special ceremony during the conference, the Attorney General named six Alabama heroes in law enforcement "who go above and beyond the call of duty-those officers who display exceptional bravery and dedication to the people of Alabama" as Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers of the Year. Departments from throughout Alabama were invited to nominate officers for this award, and committees of law enforcement professionals selected winners for the Northern, Middle and Southern districts, as well as statewide.

Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers of the Year for 2007 are:

  • Statewide: Patrol Officer Wayne Lloyd of the Warrior Police Department;
  • Northern District: Investigator Jimmy Jones of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office;
  • Middle District: Community Service Officer Carl Lamont Paige of the Tuscaloosa Police Department;
  • Southern District: jointly awarded to Officers Barry Fowler and Carey Slayton of the Jackson Police Department and Trooper Darrell Linder of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, all in Clarke County.

        Each honoree received a gift certificate for one of the Retirement System of Alabama resorts and a framed Certificate of Merit from Attorney General King.  In addition, the statewide winner was awarded with a gift certificate for a Glock semi-automatic pistol, provided by the Alabama Peace Officers Association, the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police, the Alabama Sheriff's Association, and Gulf States Distributors which is a provider of law enforcement equipment; and with a certificate for a bullet-proof vest from Protective Apparel Corporation of America.

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