Register staff report
MADISON COUNTY —
The Madison County Youth in Action has named Officer Casey Botkin as the 2013 Officer of the Year for the Berea Police Department.
The Officer of the Year campaign was conducted in conjunction with the group’s Alcohol Awareness Month activities during April. Nominations were sought from the community as well as from each law enforcement agency.
Botkin, who received several nominations, has led the Berea Police Department in DUI arrests. He received many accolades from the community regarding the professionalism he has displayed as an officer, his award stated.
Botkin has been a Berea police officer for two years and has assisted the Madison County Youth in Action team in the past. He is a graduate of Madison Southern High School.
The Berea Police Department finalists for the award included Madison Southern School Resource Officer Bill Eckler, Officer Joe Johnson and Officer Danny McGuire.
All finalists, including Botkin, were presented with Hero Medallions by the group at Tuesday’s Berea City Council meeting.
In addition to the Officer of the Year presentations, Officer Cody Shepherd and Eric Davidson received special recognition for their participation in the Madison County Youth in Action Sticker Shock campaign.
BPD Chief David Gregory was presented with a plaque recognizing the department for its commitment to Madison County Youth in Action’s mission to reduce underage drinking.
Team members dedicated the awards presentation to the memory of Blake Cohorn. He was killed April 22 in Woodford County when a drunken driver crashed into the car he and his family were in. Blake, age 5, was a Lexington kindergarten student.
Madison County Youth in Action also will be presenting Officer of the Year awards to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, the Richmond Police Department, the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department and Kentucky State Police Post 7.
One overall winner has been selected and will be named during the month of May.
Youth In Action’s mission is to reduce the access of alcohol to people under 21 years of age by targeting social and retail availability of alcohol and by supporting the enforcement of underage drinking laws.
Madison County’s award-winning team was formed in 2006 and participates in a variety of projects. The team is a two-time recipient of the Kentucky Youth in Action Team of the Year award and was presented the Heart of MADD award last year.
The group is funded by an Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant administered by the Kentucky State Police.