Southside Virginia Community College hosted the 8th Annual Law Enforcement Awards Banquet on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the John J. Cavan Workforce Development Center in Alberta. Area law enforcement agencies were invited to attend and honor one of their own as the recipient of the Officer of the Year Award for 2014. The event was hosted by Dr. Chad Patton, Dean of Instruction on the Christanna Campus. Ms. Francine C. Ecker, Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services was the keynote speaker.
Those recognized as the Officers of the Year for 2014 are (Front Row, L to R) Sgt. Harvey A. Hoyle, Sr. of the Chase City Police Department, Inv. D. L. "Rusty" Callahan of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, Det. Ella Turner of the Crewe Police Department, Special Award Recipient, Dr. James H. Taylor, III recent SVCC retiree and former Assistant Professor and Program Head of the Administration of Justice Department, Capt. Bernie R. Puryear of the South Hill Police Department, Trooper Tom W. Reeves, Jr. of the Virginia State Police, South Hill District, Sgt. James A. Crawford of the Clarksville Police Department, (Back Row, L to R) Deputy Clay Sasser of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Seth E. Wenger of the Nottoway County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Kevin L. Abernathy of the Lunenburg County Sheriff's Office, Trooper Keith H. Pearce of the Virginia State Police, Emporia District, Trooper Brandon D. Coles, Sr. of the Virginia State Police, Petersburg District, Officer Jason D. Robertson of the Blackstone Police Department and Ms. Francine C. Ecker, Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services.