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HPD hosts annual employee appreciation awards

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Hattiesburg Police Department held their annual employee appreciation and awards day at the Police and Fire Academy.  Awards were given out to officers and civilians throughout the department for various achievements.

"This is an opportunity for us to say thank you to the officers, and the non-sworn people who work for the City of Hattiesburg," said Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree. "They are out protecting us throughout the year and this gives us an opportunity to stand back and reflect on the great job they have done," said DuPree.

The department honored Lt. Branden McLemore with "Officer of the Year" and Crime Scene Investigator Jeff Byrd with "Civilian Employee of the Year."

Other awards included:

Most Citations-Ray Walley with 2,835

Most DUI's- Brandon Badon with 237

Most Felony Arrests- Jeremy Dunaway with 40

Most Misdemeanor Arrests- Jeremy Dunaway with 171

Most Marijuana Seized- Jeremy Dunaway with 876 grams

Most Cocaine Seized- Justin Mclaurin with 1,261 grams

Most Methamphetamine Seized- Lashaunda Buckhalter with 106 grams

Most Cases Solved – Steven Hartley with 96 cases

Most Money Seized- Zachary Denny with $3,980.00

Most Weapons Seized- Jonathan Dillard with 6

Best Work Attendance by sworn officer- Benjamin Deen