Shelby Township Sgt. Kenneth Cazabon was named the 2011 Police Officer of the Year.
Shelby Township VFW Old Settlers Post 4659 presented Cazabon with the award at Tuesday evening’s Board of Trustees meeting.
The VFW has been presenting awards to outstanding police officers and firefighters in the community since 1992.
A committee made up of police lieutenants, sergeants and several patrolmen nominated Cazabon for the honor.
“He’s the guy that really cares about other people. It’s not just a job it’s a profession,” said Chief Roland Woelkers, who sent the committees nomination to the VFW.
Woelkers said Cazabon always steps in when help is needed, despite his many duties on the force, including: Supervisor of the Traffic Safety Bureau; CLEMIS systems administrator; creator and coordinator of the Shelby Township Citizens’ Academy; coordinator of the annual community shred day and producer and host of “Crime Watch” a bi-weekly cable show informing citizens of crime in the neighborhood.
“He does all that, and is the head of the evidence technician program, like the ones people see on the CSI shows,” said Woelkers.
“He’s also the guy I go to, to say, ‘Hey, how does this work?’” added Woelkers.