2005 Recipients

2005 Officer of the Year - Lewis LeFlore
Officer Lewis LeFlore has been selected the Woodland Police Department's Officer of the Year for 2005.

Officer LeFlore received several nominations from all ranks of the department. In their nominations Department members highlighted Lewis’ leadership and willingness to seek solutions. Lewis is recognized for his integrity demonstrated through his work ethic. Lewis was always there to handle his beat, and available to help others. Lewis attends neighborhood watch meetings when they occur on his beat. Lewis has partnered frequently with citizens to learn their concerns and help find solutions. Lewis treats everyone, even those he arrests, with professionalism and respect. Lewis' beat knowledge, ability to talk with people, and relentless pursuit of the facts greatly assisted in the apprehension of the suspects in the murder of Officer Andy Stevens.

Lewis’ problem solving continues in the Department. He worked with other Department members to identify use of force options, and spearheaded the Department’s efforts to secure first class gym equipment for our training room. Lewis is described by his peers as being humble and modest, but is respected for his commitment to law enforcement and dedication to the Woodland Police Department. It is with great pleasure that we recognize Officer Lewis LeFlore as the Woodland Police Department Officer of the Year.

Officer LeFlore was honored at the Department's annual awards ceremony at the Woodland Opera House in February 2006.

2005 Employee of the Year - J Hess
Management Analyst J Hess has been selected as the Woodland Police Department's Employee of the Year for 2005.

Ms. Hess received nominations from all corners of the Department. Ms. Hess joined the Woodland Police Department in 2004. Since then she has been in charge of training, permits, production of our annual reports, and many other ancillary duties. As training manager she has organized eighteen trainings within the Department, and coordinated sending all Department personnel to mandated training. She also organized our training schedules and records in order to comply with POST standards. Officers have commented that Ms. Hess has a can-do attitude when it comes to training and goes out of her way to get officers to the training they need. Ms. Hess' work has also been recognized by our POST representative, who has invited her to present her “best practices” to other training managers. Ms. Hess is always professional in her dealings with the public and demonstrates the same can-do attitude. She has helped with other department events such as the Shop with a Cop, the DARE golf tournament and other events. Ms. Hess is described as dedicated, professional, but most of all caring.

Ms. Hess was honored at the Department's annual awards ceremony at the Woodland Opera House in February 2006.