Each year the Richfield City Police Department honors one of its own with the Officer of the Year Award.
This year one of its newest officers was recognized — Mike Anderson.
“He’s earned it,” said Chief Trent Lloyd. “He’s just a quiet worker. He goes out and works not just on one thing, but on everything.”
Lloyd said Anderson is always among the top officers in the categories he tracks.
In addition to consistently performing his patrol duties, Anderson has also taken the initiative to work cases from beginning to end.
“It’s good because he doesn’t just hand things off, he finishes them,” Lloyd said. “He acts like a veteran officer.
Anderson started with the Richfield City Police Department in May 2018. Prior to that, he worked for the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer for three years.
Not only has Anderson proved himself to be an effective officer when it comes to making arrests, he’s also picked up other valuable skills for the department, according to Lloyd.
“He’s learned how to talk with people who are in an emotional state,” Lloyd said. “That means a lot. He’s a real asset to the department.”