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Officer of the Year 2000
Officer Barbara MatthewsOfficer Barbara Matthews
Barbara was hired by the department in 1995 as a part-time clerk-typist. She later was appointed as the department's full-time Public Information Officer. While serving in that capacity, Barbara attended the police academy on her own time, and was sworn in as a police officer in January of 1998.

Activities & Duties
Public Information
Barbara arranged and conducted several high-profile press conferences during the year, on incidents including abducted children, serial rapists, and search warrants.

She prepared and disseminated many press releases and special interest stories throughout the year, and arranged press ride-alongs with officers.

Public Presentations

Officer Matthews spoke to hundreds of citizens on many different topics during 2000. Presentation topics included personal safety, "Girl Power", gun safety, senior citizen safety, child safety with strangers, and Halloween safety.

Building Tours
Throughout 2000, Barbara provided tours of our new facility to many groups, ranging from pre-kindergarten age to handicapped and senior citizen groups.

Special Projects
During 2000, Barbara worked on many special projects, including the following:
  • Assisted the School Resource Officers and DARE Instructors with various school projects;
  • Prepared and organized the dissemination of crime flyers throughout the year;
  • Organized the department's "Walk America" and "Torch Run" participation;
  • Developed and received a DOT grant for child restraint seats for needy families;
  • Managed the departmental response to sexual offenders/predators;
  • Assisted with National Night Out, Red Ribbon Week, Halloween, and Arbor Day festivities;
  • Assisted with the International Law Enforcement Games;
  • Prepared the course outline and schedule for the Citizen's Police Academy;
  • Participated in Oral Review Boards for new officers;
  • Arranged bicycle donations for "Operation Hope";
  • Arranged a cook-out for the Tour De Force law enforcement charity bicycle ride;
  • Worked traffic details and patrol duties, due to patrol shortages;
  • Planned, promoted and conducted the 2000 toy drive, which provided Christmas toys to 600 needy children!

Officer Barbara Matthews consistently goes above and beyond her job description in service to the department and the city. She represents the qualities of community involvement and caring that our department strives to achieve.

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