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September 17, 2013


Criminal Justice instructor receives Meritorious Service Award


awardChief Danny Parker of the Winfield Police Department recently presented Cowley College Criminal Justice instructor Frank Owens and Winfield Police Department administrative assistant Michelle Sisson with Meritorious Service Awards. 

The presentation was made in front of the class of the 7th annual Winfield Police Department Citizen’s Academy that is instructed and run by Frank Owens and his fiancé, Michelle Sisson. The presentation was a surprise planned by Chief Parker and made just prior to the start of the evening’s classes.

Chief Parker explained to the class that when he started as the Chief of Police for Winfield he felt it was important to implement a program of awards to recognize the performance of employee’s that went above and beyond that which is required. The Meritorious Service Awards presented to Owens and Sisson were for the “inspiration, development, implementation, and continuing success of the Winfield Police Department Citizens Academy program.”

Chief Parker explained to the class that to date Owens and Sisson had completed six adult academy programs and three teen academy programs which are designed to promote community relations and help the community to better understand and support their local law enforcement.  Owens and Sisson are only the second and third employees to receive the Meritorious Service Award since its implementation. Chief Parker explained to those present that the award was the third highest award that could be earned behind the lifesaving award, and loss of life in the line of duty award. 

Pictured, from left, Michelle Sisson, Chief Danny Parker, and Frank Owens.