WICHITA — The Wichita Crime Commission honored five people Wednesday at its 57th Annual Awards Banquet at the Wichita Airport Hilton.
The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award went to former Wichita police Detective Paul Holmes, who retired after a 24-year police career and joined the department's Reserve Unit. He logged 1,281 volunteer hours in 2009, working with parole and probation officers to investigate reoffenders.
The Garvey Citizen Crime Prevention Activist award went to Mike Sweeney for his work in creating the Gang Free Wichita project. The www.GangFreeWichita.org website serves as a community-wide resource where people can learn about street gangs.
The Law Enforcement Officer Crime Prevention Award went to Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Travis Clinesmith for his work in creating CALIN — the Construction/Agriculture/ Livestock Information Network. Law enforcement officers in 32 Kansas counties use the network to track stolen livestock and construction and agricultural equipment.
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The Criminal Justice Professional of the Year award went to Sedgwick County District Judge Ben Burgess, a former state and federal prosecutor who served as president of the Wichita Crime Commission from 1994 to 1995.
The Twelve Apostles of Justice Award was given to Gary Hardman, a 15-year Crime Commission member who was honored for his work in preserving the Wichita Police Department's Mounted Unit, and its resource officer program in the Wichita public schools.