COLUMBIA — Detective Joseph Jackson received the Columbia Police Department’s Molly Thomas Bowden Officer of the Year award for his service in 2010.
The award ceremony was held in Columbia’s City Council Chambers with uniformed officers, detectives, sergeants and civilians in the audience. Members of the Columbia Police Department were honored as nominees for a number of awards before the recipients were announced. Jackson, a stocky man with a dark mustache, wore a suit and tie adorned with a small tie clip, a miniature set of golden handcuffs.
“He’s detail-oriented,” said Sgt. Mike Lederle, describing Jackson’s work ethic. “When he has a case, he treats it like it was his mom or dad who was the victim.”
Lederle, who’s worked with Jackson in the department’s investigative unit, said he’s well deserving of the award.
Jackson has put in countless hours for the department on cases such as the Aaron Hobson homicide last year. Six of the eight defendants in that case have pleaded not guilty to date, with the other two set for preliminary hearings in May.
“Interview, after interview, after interview” went into the investigations, Jackson said. “It’s nice to be recognized.”
During the reception, Captain Brad Nelson spoke to Jackson’s character.
“(He’s) one of the better detectives,” Nelson said. “(He) wants to close a case for the right reasons.”
“He’s a leader within the department,” added Officer Chad Gooch, who has worked with Jackson since before he became a detective. “Very professional.”
Jackson began working at the department in 2003 in the patrol unit. He received his detective's badge in 2006.
Other awards given at the ceremony included:
- 2010 Civilian Employee of the Year – Brenda Douglas
- 2010 Rookie of the Year – Officer Brian Graff
- 2010 Supervisor of the Year – Sergeant Mike Hestir