By TESA GLASS
MT. VERNON — —
The 2012 Officer of the Year for the Mt. Vernon Police Department is Sgt. Roger Hayse.
"In today's world of criticism and negativity, it's a great honor to be recognized by the department," Hayse said Monday after receiving the award from Police Chief Chris Mendenall. "I suggest other departments in the city and the public honor others because we have more people who are grateful for what they do and not just criticize them."
According to Mendenall, the annual award is chosen by a committee of their peers. Nominees must be sworn officers who show outstanding skill, professionalism in their duties and must contribute to their assignments and have exceptional knowledge, among other criteria.
Hayse started his career as a dispatcher, working for six years in that capacity, and has spent 22 years as an officer. At this time, he is assigned to the detective unit and is the department's primary crime scene technician and investigator.
"I enjoy jumping in and trying to solve crimes, figuring out how and why things happen," Hayse said.
Hayse said he found out a week before receiving the award that two captains on the department had sent nominating letters to the awards committee.
"It surprised me," Hayse said. "I just do my job, what the city expects of me. I don't believe I went above and beyond what others do. But, it is nice to be recognized."