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Couturier, Keil chosen as department's best for 2012
Based on the recommendations of their peers, Police Officer Jordan Couturier and Communications Officer Kallie Keil were announced as the Leawood Police Department’s Police Officer and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2012. The awards were the finale to the department’s annual awards dinner.
“Not only does Jordan exemplify the guiding principles of the Leawood Police Department but he demonstrates them day in and day out,” said one co-worker in nominating Couturier, who has been with the department since April of 2005.
“Jordan has been doing his usual outstanding job on the street. In addition, he has made a positive impact on the entire department by coordinating and scheduling our roll call training sessions. Jordan has been a positive force behind the project and has kept patrol’s interest up in an area that usually receives a lot of resistance,” another co-worker said of Couturier.
Couturier was also singled out for his selflessness in changing shifts to accommodate the Police Training program’s needs.
“I am very honored and humbled to have been chosen Officer of the Year,” Couturier said after the announcement. “ I find great enjoyment and blessings in working with the wonderful people of the Leawood Police Department and look forward to serving the community to the best of my ability for many more years. “
Keil, who has been a dispatcher with the department since July of 2006, was recognized for her work in coordinating the department’s 9-1-1 education program and for volunteering with the employee activity committee.
“In the last year she was recognized for her work as a communications officer in helping to calm a hit and run crash victim,” noted one co-worker in their nomination. “Kallie has also taken over the responsibility of coordinating our 9-1-1 education efforts. This program gets out into the community to teach an important skill while reinforcing our agency’s commitment to the people we serve.”
“I’m flattered with the recognition of Civilian Employee of the year, and it is greatly appreciated,” Keil said. “I’m happy the department gave me the opportunity to be recognized, and I’m glad I have such a great team of coworkers.”
The third top award was the department’s Top Gun Award, presented annually to the officer who posts the fastest time in a shooting exercise that tests their ability to use all of the department’s weapons. This year’s recipient was Officer Erik Butler.
Other awards presented that night included:
Time in Law Enforcement Service Awards
5 years: Julie Berger, Chris Hargis, Christina Stockton and Dan Reedy
10 years: David Winders
15 years: Jason Ahring
20 years: Jim Cogswell, Kevin Cauley
25 years: Bill Burke and recent retiree John Dickey
30 years: Jill Manson
35 years: Randy Wiler
Leawood Time in Service Awards
10 years: Jim Herman and David Winders
20 years: Tony Woollen and Kevin Cauley
30 years: Jill Manson
City of Leawood