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TAYLORVILLE — Officer Rachel Priddy, left, K9 officer for the Taylorville Police Department, receives a certificate designating her as the Taylorville Police Department’s 2023 “Officer of the Year.” She was presented the award from Taylorville Chief of Police Dwayne Wheeler, right. See story at right.
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville Police Department K9 Officer Rachel Priddy has been selected as the 2023 Officer of the Year. Officer Priddy was selected due to her hard worth ethic, positive impact, and dedication to duty.
Chief of Police Dwayne Wheeler said the following of Officer Priddy: “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Officer Priddy for being awarded Officer of the Year 2023. Her outstanding contributions as a K9 Officer and Supervisor of the Community Action Team have not gone unnoticed, and the positive impact she’s made on the City of Taylorville and the villages in Christian County is truly commendable.
“Her unwavering dedication to the war on drugs is not only inspiring but also reflects her commitment to creating a safer and healthier community for everyone. Her proactive approach and leadership have played a significant role in addressing narcotic cases, and her involvement as a case agent and affiant on search warrants in 2023 is a testament to her exemplary service.
“Furthermore, Officer Priddy’s initiative in continually seeking knowledge from top teachers in the country showcases her commitment to personal and professional growth. Her willingness to share this knowledge with her teammates makes her a valuable asset to the Community Action Team.
“On behalf of the entire administrative staff, our mayor, and the board, I want to express our deepest gratitude for Officer Priddy’s exceptional contributions. Thank you for your tireless efforts, leadership, and the positive impact you’ve had on our community. Congratulations once again on this well-deserved recognition as Officer of the Year.”