Warner Robins Noon Optimist Club honors outstanding cops

Staff reportMay 23, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- The Warner Robins Noon Optimist Club honored outstanding cops from law enforcement agencies in Houston County on Thursday.

The club honors the Officer of the Year as chosen by the individual city and county agencies as well as a security squadron on Robins Air Force Base. The officers are honored as part of the club’s annual Respect for Law program.

“These outstanding officers exemplify outstanding service, dedication and professionalism in their field,” according to a news release from the long-standing civic organization.

The officers received a plaque, monetary reward and donation in their honor to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

According to the release, here are the top cops:

• Houston County sheriff’s deputy Paul Cumpton, a patrol deputy with the agency since July 2011, was recognized for issuing 317 traffic citations and 287 warning citations. He also led the department in issuing charges for drunken driving and driving with a suspended license. He was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts.

• Warner Robins police Lt. Lee VanOsdol, who’s been with the force since 1994, is a career patrol officer. He serves as the Special Weapons and Tactics leader. He’s also a certified field training officer, crime scene technician and has served on the bike patrol.

• Perry police Cpl. Jalon Heard, who’s been with the Perry department for five years, was recognized for his efforts to reduce and eliminate drug activity. He has made 18 drug arrests and five drunken driving arrests. He also is a field training officer.

• Centerville police Sgt. Scott Ferguson, who’s served the agency since October 2011, previously worked for the Houston County Sheriff’s Office for eight years and spent six years in Iraq as a contractor training Iraqi security forces. A field training officer, Ferguson was honored in 2012 with a MADD award for multiple DUI arrests.

• Senior Master Sgt. Robert D. Rose, operations superintendent for the 78th Security Forces Squadron at Robins, is responsible for more than 400 law enforcement personnel. He supervises all functions regarding federal Department of Defense military working dogs. He’s also responsible for training and investigations. He’s been with the Air Force since 1994 -- including on numerous deployments.

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