SHILOH – At the Shiloh Village Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Shiloh Police Officer Brandon Smiley was recognized as the 2018 Officer of the Year.
Chief Rich Wittenauer presented Officer Smiley with a plaque and read aloud his merits with the Shiloh Police. Mayor Jim Vernier also thanked Smiley and other officers gathered at the Shiloh Municipal building for their service.
Wittenauer said Smiley was nominated by his supervisor, Sergeant Jerod Allen.
“Several other officers were nominated but Brandon was chosen,” Wittenauer said.
“The reasons for your selection are many, your supervisor Sgt. Allen described you as one of the hardest working officers on the department,” he said. “You can be counted on to give all due diligence on your calls of service as you follow up on leads and complete quality reports in an efficient manner.”
“With your supervisors away, you can be counted on to step in as acting Sergeant and run your shift in a proficient manner.”
On top of Smiley’s regular duties as a law enforcement officer, he is also a field training officer.
“Training new police officers is one of the most important things we do in law enforcement,” Wittenauer said. “Since April of 2018, the Shiloh Police Department has hired five new officers. You have been a vital part in ensuring these new police officers are trained properly so that citizens of Shiloh will continue to have a professional police department.”
“Your dedication to the field training program does not go unnoticed. The amount of energy and time you spend coaching, counseling and teaching these officers is much appreciated.”
Wittenauer said that Sgt. Allen summed it up when he stated, “Having Brandon on my crew makes my job so much easier as a supervisor. Brandon is dedicated to making the Shiloh Police Department a better place to be. I wish all officers worked as hard as he does.”