Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association recognized Sgt. Bill Davis on Saturday with its Officer of the Year Award.
“You work and try to do the best you can,” said Davis. “I don’t do my job for recognition, but it is nice when someone does recognize your hard work.”
Davis has instructed classes during the Citizens Police Academy since it began in 2007. He teaches two classes — domestic violence and narcotics procedures.
“I think the Citizens Police Academy is one of the best things we’ve done in a long time,” said Davis. “It gives people a better understanding of police procedure. And, I don’t know anyone who has taken the course who didn’t enjoy it.”
Along with police certifications in domestic violence and narcotics, Davis also has certifications in hostage negotiation and as a firearms instructor.
He launched his law enforcement career in 1992 in Baxter and began with McMinnville Police Department in 2005. He is currently a shift sergeant,and has served as patrolman and detective.
Phyllis Hillis, president of the alumni association, says Sgt. Davis was chosen for his contributions to the police department and the community.
“We wanted an officer who helps with the association and is well liked by his fellow officers,” she said. “We feel Bill Davis is a positive asset to the department and the community.”
McMinnville Police Department Chief Bryan Denton says Davis is indeed an asset.
“Bill is one of those employees that when he sees something that needs to be done, he goes ahead and does it,” Denton said. “He gets clarification if he needs to, but he does it. I depend on him greatly. He is extremely knowledgeable and an asset to the department.”
The Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association consists of individuals who go through the CPA course and wish to continue their relationship with the police department.