Although relatively new to the force, Payson Police officer Jesse Davies has earned a stellar reputation.
When it came time for officer of the year nominations, he was top on the list of recommendations.
On Monday, the Rim Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honored Davies as the Northern Gila County Officer of the Year.
Sgt. Les Barr said Davies is a model police officer with a strong work ethic and “meticulous” attention to detail that is worthy of such a distinction.
“He shows initiative on the streets and takes the time to identify what the issues are and shares that information with other officers,” Barr said. “Davies exemplifies what we would like our officers to become.”
Davies started as a dispatcher with the PPD in October 2000.
In August 2007, he transitioned to officer, taking on the duties of K-9 officer in April.
On Monday, Davies proudly accepted his award with K-9 Dex in tow from Don Castleman, president of the Rim Country chapter.
Police Chief Don Engler said Davies does an outstanding job for the department and the community, offering exceptional customer service.
Davies said he was honored, but didn’t know what he had done to deserve the award.
“I just come in every day to do a job,” he said.
Barr said Davies does more than just his job, he also accepts additional assignments.
“He is selfless in his attitude toward his duties and shows concern for the issues facing the department in a difficult time,” Barr said.
“Officer Davies is continuing to grow into one of the more consistent and reliable officers in the department even though he has a relatively short amount of time in the field of law enforcement.”
In July, the chapter named Jerome Lubetz Northern Gila County Firefighter of the Year.