Supervisor Talks About Harrisonburg Police Department Award Winner

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- For the first time, the Harrisonburg Police Foundation honored four police officers with awards.

It hits a personal note for Sergeant Jason Kidd, who has worked with Investigator Christopher Watson, one of the winners, for ten years.

Overall, the police foundation got 36 nominations, which came from fellow officers.

Watson won the Police Officer of the Year award and has been with the department for 11 years.

Other awards include Supervisor of the year and Recruit of the year.

Watson works in the investigative unit and Kidd said he's one of the people who's dedicated to his job.

"Above all is his work ethic and his integrity, he's a great guy, a personal friend and just the quality of the work he does is excellent. Just as an example his memory, to remember cases, I mean he can remember faces and names of the folks he's dealt with ten years ago and is able to talk in detail about incidences he recalls from a decade ago," said Sgt. Kidd.

In Harrisonburg, the department is focusing on implementing the geographical police strategy.

Kidd said that means they're focusing police presence in areas that truly need it.

The Police Foundation hopes to continue the new awards tradition every year.

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