Payson Officer Honored

Buckner’s composure, professionalism, work ethic lauded by county attorney

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For his composure under pressure both in the field and in courtroom, the Gila County Attorney’s Office has named a Payson cop Officer of the Quarter.

County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp selected Brandon Buckner for the award because of his work in several cases.

At one recent trial, where a defendant represented himself, Buckner held up to hostile cross-examination from the man, maintaining his composure throughout the trial, Beauchamp said in a press release.

“Buckner’s excellent work ethic played a significant role in the defendant’s conviction,” he said.

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Photo courtesy of Sharon Listiak

Left to right: Gila County Attorney Bradley D. Beauchamp, Payson Police Department Officer Brandon Buckner, Ninette Buckner and Payson Police Chief Don Engler.

Buckner read all of the 2009 police reports before the trial and “it was apparent from his testimony that he had studied them and knew them well — never having to refer to them while testifying.”

Furthermore, when the defendant cross-examined Buckner and “was quite hostile,” Buckner stayed calm and professional.

“Buckner was willing to assist in any way with this case and his hard work should be recognized,” Beauchamp said, adding that several Gila County Attorney’s Office staff members and attorneys nominated Buckner for the award.

Quarterly, the GCSO recognizes a member of the Gila County law enforcement community for their help prosecuting criminal cases.

Beauchamp reviewed numerous recommendations, but selected the officer who at the time illustrates an exemplary attitude and work ethic.

Buckner received the award from Beauchamp Tuesday during a Gila County Board of Supervisors’ meeting.

The board heard that the Payson Police Department hired Buckner in May of 2008.

After growing up in Payson, transitioning to the force came naturally for Buckner. Police Chief Don Engler said Buckner relates well with citizens and holds their best interests in mind.

Since joining the force, Buckner has taken on several additional duties including working on the special response team, maintaining the department’s weapons as the armorer and becoming a field-training officer.

On the SRT, Buckner responds when a subject is barricaded or on high-risk search warrants.

As a field training officer, Buckner coaches new officers, modeling best practices.

“Buckner is a valuable member and a credit to the Payson Police Department,” Beauchamp said.

“He serves as an example for all law enforcement. The residents of Gila County are fortunate to have him protecting our communities.”

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