LAW by Elizabeth Davis WLAQ Radio
The 2015 Respect For Law Officers of the Year were named during the regular meeting of the Seven Hills Rotary Club at the Coosa Country Club in Rome on Tuesday afternoon.

Respect For Law is a program presented through the cooperation of the Seven Hills Rotary Club, the Rome Noon Optimist Club, the Kiwanis Club of Rome and the Rome Lions Club. It’s based on a nationwide program that originated in 1965 with former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

Respect for Law co-chair Tom Caldwell, Chief Deputy with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, says that the aforementioned clubs are happy to honor those who do so much to keep the community safe.

Five sectors of local law enforcement honored their own at Tuesday’s ceremony.

The winner for the Rome Police Department was Lieutenant Chris DeHart. Chief Elaine Snow singled DeHart out for his work with the department’s Selective Enforcement Unit. He has been a member of the RPD since August 1999.

Major Tom Ewing recognized Officer Brandon Broome as the Floyd County Police Department’s Respect For Law award recipient. Broome is responsible for 100 drug related arrests since joining the department in April 2014.

Correctional officer Joshua Reynolds took home the award for the Floyd County Prison. The US Marine Corps veteran was selected for the honor by Warden Michael Long.

Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter honored Deputy Carrie Edge for her “attitude and character”. Edge is slated to become a post-certified deputy on May 8th.

The Georgia State Patrol also honored one of its members at the Respect For Law ceremony. Commander Scott Thompson of Post #38 accepted the award on behalf of TFC Stan Smith, a 30-year law enforcement veteran who was unable to attend the meeting due to an injury.

US Congressman Tom Graves was among those in attendance for the event. He believes its important to support local law enforcement to demonstrate that the community has ‘got their back’.

This was the fourth year for the Respect For Law Officers of the Year program to be held on this level, according to Caldwell.