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HPD Awards Ceremony

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Police Department held its annual awards ceremony Friday, honoring about 100 officers who serve the city.

"It was a little surprising and overwhelming actually, but I'm appreciative of it," said Acting Sgt. of Patrol Joseph Kennedy, who was awarded officer of the year.

He said the recognition was a surprise to him.

"I'm still trying to figure it out myself," he said.

Chief Frazier Bolton said Kennedy is just one of may who deserve awards for their dedication.

"It lets them know that even though you are going about your day to day operations, you are recognized for what you do."

Mayor Johnny DuPree bragged at the ceremony about the city's low crime rates. Bolton said Hattiesburg's finest is one of the top forces in the state.

"Our police department constantly keeps our crime down and we finish at the top," he said.

HPD also gave out civilian awards to some of their employees like Andrea Martin, an office assistant.

"It made me tear up," she said. "They really shocked me."

Other awards given out were for service years, most citations, and most drugs seized.

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