BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - The Bainbridge State College Police Chief is honored for how he protects and serves his community. The District Attorney of the South Georgia District presented Chief James Spooner with his first Justice Award.
Chief James Spooner says he's humbled by his award, saying that he's just carrying on tradition as a second generation chief of police.
"In today's world, where a lot of times law enforcement is on the negative side of the news, it is nice to know that somebody from the outside does pay attention and does try to add some positive kind of encouragement to it," said Chief James Spooner, Bainbridge State College Police.
Today, that encouragement came alongside the plaque, as District Attorney Joe Mulholland gave him the first annual "Justice Award" to showcase his hard work.
"He embodies everything the award is about. He started up a department and, at the same time, conducted a major investigation and truly changed the culture here at the college," said D. A. Joe Mulholland.
That major investigation stemmed from what Chief Spooner said was a relatively minor theft, but further investigation led to the conviction of the college's former vice president of business affairs Natalie Higley, and Mulholland says it's all thanks to Chief Spooner's determination.
"And that's the kind of officer that you want involved in the court process because you know that justice truly will be served if that's the case," said Mulholland.
And when asked where he'd put the award, he said there's a special place for it in his office. "It's not necessarily to show other people, but to remind me of what my job is every day when I come to work," said Spooner.
Mulholland says he plans to give out the award every year to an officer who shares Chief Spooner's passion to serve southwest Georgia.