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2024 Law Enforcement Appreciation Award Recipients

Union Township, Clermont County Ohio (April 24, 2024) – The Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation is thrilled to announce the selected officers to be honored at the 41st Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet. The banquet is an opportunity for the Clermont County community to come together and show appreciation for the brave men and women who serve and protect our communities.

For 40 years, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation has partnered with law enforcement agencies to recognize the outstanding efforts of officers in the field that are not always publicized. This year, a variety of awards will be presented to selected officers for their exceptional service and dedication to the Clermont County community.

“We are thrilled to recognize these extraordinary officers for their outstanding work in law enforcement,” said Clermont Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joy Lytle. “These officers represent the best of the best, and we are proud to honor them at our upcoming banquet. Their dedication to keeping our communities safe is truly commendable, and we are grateful for their service.”

This special event also raises thousands of dollars for the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund.

The 2024 Law Enforcement Appreciation Award winners:

Excellence in Criminal Investigation

  • Clermont County Sheriff’s Office – Investigative Unit: Detective Sergeant Nick Crouch,
    Detective Mike Robinson, Detective Sean Schubert, Detective Mike Ross,
    Detective Jason Swallen, Detective Mike Green, Detective Yvonne Sheppard,
    Detective Chris Shouse, Detective Adam Bailey, and Evidence Technician Bob Randolph
  • Milford Police Department Investigative Unit: Detective Russ Kenney, Detective Danielle Wilson, and Detective Steve Rogers
  • Union Township Police Department – Investigative Unit: Investigative Sergeant Ken Mullis, Detective Derek Disbennett, Detective Bryan Taylor, Detective Dan Wilfert, and
    Detective Brandon Bock
  • Investigator Matt Kruse, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Investigator Scott Meader, Ohio Department of Public Safety – BMV Investigations

Excellence in Criminal Investigations

  • Detective Kevin Barkley Jr., Pierce Township Police Department – Investigative Unit

Excellence in Service

  • Officer Tim Brinker, Miami Township Police Department
  • Officer Kyle Dwelly, Union Township Police Department
  • Officer Tyler Hale, Union Township Police Department
  • Officer Kyle Houk, Goshen Township Police Department
  • Officer Dave Perkins, Union Township Police Department
  • Officer Chris Warner, Village of Batavia Police Department

Excellence in Service – Traffic Enforcement

  • Ohio State Trooper Richard Gable, Ohio State Highway Patrol

Citizen’s Award

  • Lynn Baird, Union Township Police Department Volunteer
  • Patrice Desalvo

Distinguished Career

  • Sergeant Jeff Brown, Union Township Police Department
  • Chief Scott Gaviglia, Union Township Police Department
  • Officer Mark Planck, Village of Bethel Police Department
  • Officer Jay Shaw, Pierce Township Police Department
  • Lieutenant Michael Szpak, City of Loveland Police Department
  • Sergeant Richard Wagner, Union Township Police Department
  • Sergeant Eric Williams, Union Township Police Department

The evening will feature a keynote address by Whitney Austin, Whitney/Strong Organization (survivor of the 2018 mass shooting in the lobby of Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Bank), live music by The Bootleggers Music Group, and event emcee, Local 12 News anchor Adam Clements.

We will honor Clermont’s law enforcement with a dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at the Oasis Conference Center. We invite you to join us in this endeavor by becoming a sponsor of the event; with your support, we can invite officers to attend at no charge. You can also provide a donation to our University of Cincinnati Clermont College Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund.

Registration, ticket sponsorship, and donation opportunities available HERE or by calling (513) 576-5000.

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