The Police Officers and PD Employees of the Month, for March and April, were recently chosen and recognized at City Hall by Helena-West Helena Mayor Jay Hollowell and HWH Police Chief Patrick Smith.

“Each month I chose an Officer of the Month,” said Chief Smith. “The officer selected did outstanding work for the entire month, and an employee of the month is someone who is not an officers, but still does a good job in their day to day operations.”

“Today we have four individuals who are going to be presented an award as appreciation from the City of Helena-West Helena by the Mayor and myself,” said Smith. “At the end of the year, our plans is to do an awards ceremony where we pick an Officer of the Year and the Employee of the Year. This will give these individuals an opportunity. These four individuals for the last two months, for March and April have done an outstanding job.”

“One of our participants here is going to be Mr. John Lanigan,” said Smith. “He’s our case co-ordinator. He makes sure all our documentation, once we arrest someone, goes through the court system and we have our paperwork together. He deals with the courts every day. That’s one of his jobs. Lanigan is the Employee of the Month for March, 2018.”

“We have Officers Erik Adams,” said Smith. “He is of our Officer for March. He did an outstanding job for the month of March, community service, along with doing his normal responsibilities.”

“Next, for the month of April, we have one of our dispatchers Ms. Tynequa Holmes, and she’s graduating from PCCUA today,” said Smith. “Lets give her a hand. She is also our dispatcher. She has done an outstanding job on her day to day operations. We had a critical incident last month and she really helped and had us where we were safe. We want to thank her for all her hard work she does as well.”

“Next, we have Cpl. Charles Byrd,” said Smith. “He is our Outstanding Officer for the month of April,” said Smith. “He was in a critical incident and for his bravery his attention to detail we want to award him today as well for the things that he does. This officers is one of our command supervisors.”

Juanita Mills, who handles the crime scene investigations for the Department, was honored with her recently earned Basic Crime Scene Training certificate. She successfully completed 64 hours training with the Memphis Police Department.