DURHAM, N.C. - The Durham Police Department (DPD) honored 25 individuals for above and beyond public safety service at its annual service awards ceremony on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Durham City Hall. An audience of more than 200 was inspired by several accounts of heroism (including near fatal drownings, suicide attempts, and a train accident) and charitable service (including a handicap ramp construction and a campaign to fight infant congenital heart disease). DPD’s Executive Command Staff presented each recipient a specially crafted medal or plaque that signifies his or her achievement or a group’s collective success. Specific awards included three Community Service Medals; five Distinguished Service Medals; 14 Certificates of Merit; Civilian Employee of the Year; Officer of the Year; and one Police Medal. The Police Medal is the highest distinction presented to members of the general public.
The ceremony aired live on Durham Television Network (DTN); check for a replay schedule on DTNtv.org. The awards ceremony is also available on YouTube - https://youtu.be/pJ4L9XS_6Ic.
DPD’s Service Awards History
The police department implemented an annual service awards ceremony in 2010. A committee of DPD employees reviews and votes on award nominations received internally and from the public. DPD’s service awards event is usually held in May as part of the department’s National Police Week observance.