Several law enforcement officers and departments were recognized during a Crime Stoppers awards luncheon Friday at the Renaissance Hotel.
Crime Stoppers, which operates in eight local parishes to receive tips on crimes and forward them to the agency with jurisdiction, chose Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeffrey F. Wiley as the top law enforcement officer.
Deputies Melissa Parent and Allison B. Hudson, of the Livingston Parish and Ascension Parish sheriff’s offices, respectively, both received a partnership award for their work alongside Crime Stoppers.
Detective Derek Evans, of the Baton Rouge Police Department, and Sgt. Nick Locicero, of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, received the award of excellence for showing professionalism and dedication as investigators. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division also received the excellence award.
Crime Stoppers board member Carl Morrow received the Ken Uffman Award recognizing his efforts to raise money to promote the program, and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force received the Josie Wells Award in recognition of its members’ willingness to put their lives on the line to make the community safer.
Matt Williams, of WAFB-TV, received the Media Award as “The Voice and Face” of Crime Stoppers.
In 2015, Crime Stoppers helped solve 56 burglaries, 35 armed robberies and two homicides, among others. Crime Stoppers helped solve more than 400 felony crimes and paid more than $87,000 in reward money for tips it received.