The Fishers Police Department held its’ annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 25th at the Knights of Columbus Craig Willy Hall. The evening consisted of dinner, dancing, and fellowship. During the awards presentation Chief of Police George Kehl recognized several police officers and staff members for their outstanding service to the Fishers community.
Many months prior to the banquet a select group of officers, assigned to the department’s Awards Committee, convene and review all of the nominations. Throughout the year many officers are nominated for various acts. The Awards Committee carefully reviews each nomination and selects which officers will be publically recognized at the banquet. Years of Service, Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service and Life Saving are a few examples of the awards.
Every year Chief Kehl presents one officer with the Chief’s Award. This officer continuously goes above and beyond the call of duty, is a role model for other officers, and has made many accomplishments throughout the year. The recipient of the 2013 Chief’s Award was Officer Ryan Jones and K-9 Arrack. Officer Jones has been with the Fishers Police Department for seven years. The past four years he has been assigned as a K-9 Handler. Arrack is a six year old Belgian Malinois. Officer Jones and Arrack have been partners since 2010.
In 2013 the crime fighting duo apprehended several criminals within Fishers and also assisted neighboring police agencies with the tracking and apprehension of criminals wanted in other jurisdictions. When it comes to tracking, Officer Jones and Arrack have developed a “never give up” mindset. Many times the two have tracked over long distances and in extreme weather conditions outlasting other K-9 teams working in similar circumstances. Tracking and apprehension are just two of the functions of this team. They are also tasked with narcotic detection, recovering missing persons and property, as well as participating in public relations functions. Officer Jones and K-9 Arrack are a definite asset to the Fishers Police Department and to the community we serve.