QPD celebrates National Police Week

The Quincy Police Department recently celebrated National Police Week by hosting a week full of events, all aimed at remembering those lost in the line of duty while celebrating and honoring those who continue to serve on the frontline of public safety.

National Police Week was from Sunday, May 14 – Saturday May, 20.

Officers began the week with an educational dissemination of safety information on Monday, followed by a memorial breakfast on Tuesday. 

The department also organized a county-wide law enforcement parade, in collaboration with the Gadsden County Schools District, which was held on Wednesday.

Agencies participating in the parade included Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Gretna Police

Department, Midway Police Department, Havana Police Department, and the Florida Highway Patrol. 

On Thursday, Officers were treated to a pizza party, compliments of Pizza Hut in Quincy.

Friday concluded the week-long celebration, as Officers enjoyed an outdoor cookout and award ceremony, where all officers were recognized for their service, while at the same time, the 2023

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for the agency was announced.

Officer Adam Hartin was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Investigator Malave was named Investigator of the Year.

Sgt. Ana Centeno was named Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year. 

Officer Darnicia Campbell was named Rookie Officer of the Year, and Investigator Zachary D. Woods was recognized as the agency’s Trailblazer.

“Every day our Officers go the extra mile to protect freedom and defend our society by serving on the frontline of public safety, “Police Chief Timothy Ashley said. “National Police Week is significant, as it is the time we pause to remember and pay homage to all who continue to serve in the law enforcement capacity.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve and are constantly striving to make our communities safer every day.”

Local businesses assisting in this year’s National Police Week celebration included Krispy Kreme Doughnuts of Tallahassee, Quincy Pizza Hut, Quality Meats, Piggly Wiggly in Quincy, and Little Successful Angels Day Care.

“The week was full of activities, honor, and recognition for our officers. Perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences was to have members of our city commission, the city manager, Shanks Middle School’s Principal Dr. Jarrett and others to stop by with gifts in hand and thank us for our service,”  Inv. Zachary Woods expressed. “The smallest gestures of gratitude have the potential to have the biggest impact in this profession.”

Woods said he and the other officers were extremely grateful.

Erin Hill – editor@prioritynews.net


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