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Keeping our community safe is the role of law enforcement

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

By Al Showers – bio | email

BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Officers stop crime and save lives. That and much more is true about five officers the Hancock-West Harrison County Kiwanis Club honored as Police Officers of the Year.

The five law enforcement officers were selected for the title of 2010 Officer of the Year by leaders from their own Departments. The reasons they were chosen vary.

Honoree Roy Jacobson with the Mississippi Highway Patrol is a State Certified Accident reconstructionist who travels the state teaching other police officers to do the job. And that's just part of why he was recognized.

"In the past two years Roy has locked up over 200 drunks," said his Highway Patrol Superior.

Hancock County Sheriff's Deputy Todd Drummond received the honor for taking on additional duties. He heads up the Hancock County Sheriff's Department's Reserves Academy.

"Todd takes his duties seriously and is a dependable public servant," said Justice Court Judge Jay LaGasse.

Detective Joe Kepfer with the Bay St. Louis Police Department investigated more than 120 cases last year.

"Through out the year Detective Sergeant Kepfer works hard and puts in long hours and never complains about the amount of time and effort he puts into his assigned investigations or tasks," said Bay St. Louis Investigator Paul Cox.

Waveland Police Officer Charles Lipps earned the title for his heroic actions while responding to a drowning call.

"After his arrival on the scene, Sergeant Lipps sprang into action. He cleared the child's air-ways and even after the child had thrown up, he started rescue breathing and CPR, as well," said Waveland Lt. Mac Cowand.

The final honoree officer Joey Carroll is with the Pass Christian Police Department.

"Officer Carroll has made more than 80 arrests for DUI's, drug possession, burglaries, etc. He's written more than 500 citations," said the Pass Christian Police Department's Assistant Chief.

The Kiwanis saluted them all for a job well done and has been honoring law enforcers since 1992.

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