McMinnville resident Scott Garing has been recognized as Officer of the Year by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office for the 27-county Cumberland Region.
Garing lives in McMinnville and works at Spencer Police Department. He was nominated by Chief Michael Brock.
“Scott is very active patrolling the streets for the safety of our citizens and the safety of those passing through Spencer and Van Buren County,” said Chief Brock. “He is very proactive in making traffic stops and I think that’s most of what resulted in him getting this award.”
Brock said he submitted a variety of statistics involving Garing from Jan. 1 to Oct. 1, 2015. Included in those figures were things such as DUI arrests, drug charges, and seatbelt citations.
“He was a well-deserving candidate,” said Brock.
Garing, a patrolman, has been with Spencer Police Department for just over two years. It’s a two-person department with Chief Brock working days and Garing working nights.
“It’s beautiful countryside and for me it’s a great place to be,” said Garing. “It’s an honor for me to be able to serve the citizens of Spencer and Van Buren County.”
Garing was recognized as Officer of the Year. Separate awards were also given to top deputy and top state trooper in the region.