The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently became the first law enforcement agency in the country to receive the national Concerns of Police Survivors' (COPS) 2009 Distinguished Service Award.
As the COPS' highest recognition, the annual award is presented to an active, retired or deceased law enforcement officer/official or organization for services beyond the call of duty when addressing police-survivor issues. Members of the law enforcement community nominate recipients with the winner determined by COPS' National Board of Directors.
Conservation Agents Shawn Pennington, who lives in Vernon County and works in Howell County, and Dean Harre, who lives in Cooper County and works in Cole County, received the award for the MDC at the National Police Survivors' Conference on May 14 in Washington, DC.
The conference was sponsored by COPS as part of National Police Week, May 10-16.
MDC received the award based on a long history of its conservation agents and other staff supporting COPS and the families of law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
To learn more, visit www.nationalcops.org or call 573-346-4911.