The Sugar Land Police Department’s 2012 Officer of the Year Award went to a sergeant who leads by example.
“Sgt. Aldredge is one of the pillars of my shift and a go-to sergeant for me and my officers,” said Lt. Chris Thompson. “When scenes get hectic, we can always count on Ed to lead the charge and solve the problem. He knows how to treat others, even when the situation is uncomfortable … a characteristic that has earned the respect and trust of everyone in the department.”
Officers explain that Unit 33 (Aldredge’s radio designation), is often heard pitching in to help with heavy call volume, including basic traffic stops and other routine calls typically handled by patrol officers.
“He’ll catch and clean a situation just like the rest of us,” said one of Aldrege’s subordinates.
The 2012 Officer of the Year trophy, a replica of the Guardian statue in front of SLPD, was presented to Aldredge at Churrasco’s Restaurant on Feb. 20 during the SLPD Employee Awards Banquet, an event attended by more than 250 people. The SLPD Meritorious Conduct Board selected Aldredge based on his dedication to public safety and tremendous work ethic throughout 2012.
Aldredge’s perseverance, leadership and commitment were highlighted during his recognition as the 2012 Officer of the Year.
Others honored during the awards banquet included Civilian of the Year Rebecca Eackles, a clerk in the police department’s records division. Supervisors say she assists others without hesitation, provides a high level of customer service and works around the clock to ensure assignments are complete and thorough.
Co-workers and citizens routinely compliment Eackles for her unwavering professionalism and customer service. As an example, Eackles often receives requests for accident reports. Instead of just providing the reports to citizens, she patiently explains the form and answers questions.
“Our awards banquet would not be possible without the efforts of the Sugar Land Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, the Sugar Land Police Officer’s Association and the Sugar Land Police Department Banquet Committee,” said Sugar Land Police Capt. Michelle Allen. “The department would also like to thank its many corporate sponsors, such as Minute Maid, Ran DeBord Photography and Sugar Creek Baptist Church.”