The Annual Friends of the Dallas Police Department Awards Banquet was held at the Hyatt Regency on November 18, 2019. Members of the department, both sworn and non-sworn, were honored for their dedication and commitment to the citizens of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department.
A sworn and non-sworn employee are selected as Employee of the Year from the Office of the Chief of Police and from each of the assistant chiefs. The Officer of the Year and Non-Sworn Employee of the Year are selected from these award winners.
The Marvin R. Bullard Supervisor of the Year is Sergeant Jeramy Mills
This award is given in memory of Assistant Chief Marvin Bullard to acknowledge a supervisor with exemplary contributions to law enforcement. Sergeant Mills is currently assigned to the Sex Assault Unit of the Crimes Against Persons Division. Over the years, Sergeant Mills has cultivated a knowledge base regarding sexual assaults that has made her one of the leading experts in Dallas and across the nation. She has mastered networking with multiple local and federal agencies, community and advocacy groups. Her mindfulness, attention to detail and diligence to getting violent sexual predators off the streets keeps her team motivated and successful.
The Detective of the Year is Detective Brian Tabor
The Dallas Police Department Detective of the Year is Detective Brian Tabor. Detective Tabor is currently assigned to the Homicide Unit of the Crimes Against Persons Division. He has been with the Dallas Police Department for 21 years. Detective Tabor has received 50 commendations and many other awards and recognition from numerous local and federal organizations. He is a respected leader among the unit. He serves as a training officer for new detectives and the go-to cell phone expert. Like other great detectives, Detective Tabor shares a relentless drive to discover the truth, protect the innocent and to hold those accountable who have done wrong.
The Field Training Officer of the Year is Senior Corporal Oscar Carter
The field-training program is instrumental in developing police recruits into future police officers. This award was created to recognize the accomplishments of those who are responsible for transforming new recruits into self-sufficient police officers. Senior Corporal Carter is currently assigned to South Central Patrol Division. He has served the citizens of Dallas for 24 years. Senior Corporal Carter has used his experience to mentor, develop and impart wisdom to over 100 recruits at divisions across the city.
The Joe C. Jones Reserve Officer of the Year is Senior Corporal Franklin Foster
The Joe C. Jones Reserve Officer of the Year award is in memory of Joe C. Jones who joined the Dallas Police Department’s Reserve Unit in 1968. Reserve Officer Jones passed away from injuries resulting from an automobile accident while en route to aid another officer in 1972. This award is given to recognize reserve officers and their dedication by volunteering their time to the Dallas Police Department and the citizens of Dallas while maintaining full-time jobs in other professions.
As a sworn member of the Dallas Police Department since May 2007, Senior Corporal Foster consistently volunteers for patrol assignments and has not missed a call for duty assignment in over a year. During major events, Senior Corporal Foster functions as an Assistant Squad Leader. His calm demeanor and outstanding knowledge of bicycle tactics are greatly appreciated and sets the example for other officers. A full-time IT department manager who is on call 24/7, Senior Corporal Foster also volunteered to manage and maintain the Reserve Division’s web-based activity reporting system. This is a critical responsibility that provides data to the City Council and is used for grant applications.
The James Taylor Non-Sworn Employee of the Year is Sheree Salter
The James Taylor Non-Sworn Employee of the Year award is given in memory of Chief Helicopter Pilot and Reserve Officer James “Chuck” Taylor, who passed away in 1984 from a helicopter crash. This award recognizes a non-sworn employee of the department for their dedication to the police profession. Administrative Assistant Sheree Salter was awarded the Non-Sworn Employee of the Year. She has been with the Dallas Police Department for 14 years.
The John T. McCarthy Officer of the Year is Senior Corporal Joseph Meno
The John T. McCarthy Officer of the Year Award is given in memory of John T. McCarthy, an officer who was murdered while investigating suspicious activity near White Rock Lake in 1981. This award commends an officer who has shown exemplary contributions to law enforcement. The nominees are submitted to the bureau commanders for consideration by supervisors throughout the department. The Officer of the Year is selected by the chief of police. The Officer of the Year for 2019 is Senior Corporal Joe Meno. Senior Corporal Meno is assigned to the North Central Patrol Division and has been with the Dallas Police Department for 21 years.
Additional award recipients were honored in the following categories: Friends of the Dallas Police College Scholarship, Medal of Honor, Medal of Valor, Meritorious Conduct, Meritorious Conduct Unit, Police Commendation, Life Saving and the Police Shield.
Congratulations to all our recipients for their outstanding work!!!