From left to right:
Capt. Terry Bull, Top Firearms Qualifier
Cindy Ringwald, CPA Volunteer of the Year
Officer Jeff Padier, Officer of the Year
Officer Forrest Bigler, Officer of the Year
Alice Webb, Civilian Employee of the Year
Brandon Langehennig, Rookie of the Year
The Citizens Police Academy Alumni, during a dinner party on December 1, presented the police department’s annual awards.A traditional holiday meal treated members of the staff, and retirees held at the Lamar Avenue Church of Christ. The CPA conducts various fundraisers throughout the year to support the police department and provide this dinner party.
Members of the department nominate and vote for personnel in four different award categories.
Officers Forrest Bigler and Jeff Padier tied for the ‘Officer of the Year Award.’
Officer Bigler has been with the department for seven years and is in the patrol division. He is a Field Training Officer and SWAT Team member. Officer Bigler served in the Marines before his joining the department.
Officer Padier has been with the department for five years and is in the patrol division. He is a Field Training Officer and the department’s canine officer. His partner, Cupa, also received a vote in the selection process. Officer Padier served in the Marines before his joining the Paris Police Department.
‘Rookie of the Year’ went to Officer Brandon Langehennig. Officer Langehennig attended the East Texas Police Academy Basic Peace Officer course #294 in Texarkana from March 30, 2015, thru July 31, 2015. Officer Langehennig graduated as Valedictorian of that class.
Alice Webb received the Civilian Employee of the year honors. Ms. Webb has been working with the department’s records division for 33 years. Ms. Webb was selected for this honor in 2010 as well.
Captain Terry Bull won the top firearms qualification by shooting a perfect score at the last firearms qualification.
The CPA Alumni Association honored Cindy Ringwald with the ‘Volunteer of the Year Award.’ Ms. Ringwald works many hours with the Association and the Citizens on Patrol group. Liberty National Bank is her employer.
“The recipients of these awards are very special as they are chosen by their peers. When the people you work with daily think a lot of you and your work product, that speaks volumes. We are blessed with a department of officers and employees who care about our community and care about providing professional service.” – Chief Hundley