LAYTON -- The Layton Police Department had a busy 2010, and as part of National Police Week last week, the department recognized a number of employees for their hard work and dedication.
"In some circumstances, it was a difficult year for our department, and (the awards are) truly a testament to the professionalism of the people we have here," said Lt. Garret Atkin.
He said 2010 was not a typical year because of the some of the cases the department had to deal with.
Three huge cases grabbed national attention.
Four-year-old Rebecca Toone and her 15-month-old sister, Rachel, died from complications associated with exposure to a toxic pesticide after their home was treated by a pest exterminator.
Four-year-old Ethan Stacy was killed and buried near Powder Mountain, and police arrested his mother, Stephanie Sloop, and stepfather, Nathanael Sloop, for the murder.
Two other children, James Warhola, 8, and his sister, Jean, 7, were found dead in their home, and police arrested their mother, Sun Cha Warhola, for the crime.
- For his efforts during the Toone investigation, Detective Glen Fullmer was given the Distinguished Service Award.
- Officer Clint Bobrowski received the same award for his work as a crime scene investigator during the Stacy homicide investigation.
Other Distinguished Service Award winners were presented to:
- Detective Scott Byington, for his role in dismantling a drug-trafficking organization responsible for distributing thousands of illegally obtained prescriptions along the Wasatch Front;
- Officer Michael Howard, for his work as a K-9 handler and his skill as a trainer and mentor to young officers; and
- Detective Chad Johnson, for his dedication and consistently high-quality work in investigations of financial crimes.
- Tami Supino and Cindy Nimmo received the Meritorious Service Award for their dedication and diligence while transcribing reports for several high-profile and traumatic cases.
- Officer Eric Smith was also a Meritorious Service Award winner for his skill as a trainer and for improving the department's use-of-force training program.
"We have employees that do fantastic work," Atkin said. "These were just the kind of cases that really stick out."
- Three units were given the Distinguished Unit Citation for their work during the Stacy investigation, and three other units were given the same honor for their work during the Warhola investigation.
"So many of these things are labor intensive and they couldn't be done by one person. It's a team effort," Atkin said.
- Chief Terry Keefe awarded the Chief's Commendation to Investigator Craig Webb, of the Davis County Attorney's Office, for his contributions during the Stacy investigation.
- Syracuse resident Whitt Hanson, West Point resident Jimmie Olson and Kaysville resident Douglas Nowak received the Citizen's Award of Appreciation for their assistance in apprehending and detaining an impaired driver who was trying to flee an accident with injuries and property damage.
"These people acted in a manner beyond what is expected of an average, good citizen," Atkin said. "It was the department's privilege to have them at the banquet and recognize them."