Page 24 - Salem Magazine Spring 2016
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Chris Shelor’s attention to detail earned his selection as Salem’s Officer of the Year.
interviews he was able to produce information related to the appearances of the suspects and their vehicles.
By Mike Stevens
Salem’s Police Officer of the Year for 2015 is an individual whose keen powers of observation and tremendous attention to detail helped keep our citizens
safe and secure, even when he wasn’t on the clock.
“This is a tremendous honor for me that is also very
humbling,” says Chris Shelor, Salem’s Police Officer of the Year.
“I am blessed to work in the city where I was born and raised,
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and it is an honor to protect the citizens who helped me along the way.”
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In December of 2015, Senior Police Officer Shelor was on-duty mentoring a trainee officer when they were summoned to the Walmart on West Main Street in reference to a robbery and assault. Shelor investigated the crime and through witness
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Later that morning, just a few hours after finishing his shift and again the next day while he was off duty, Shelor spotted two vehicles that matched the witness statements he had collected at the crime scene. In both instances, he contacted officers in the proper jurisdiction, and Salem and Roanoke City Police were able to make arrests, place charges and recover stolen property.
“Chris is very deserving of this prestigious honor, says Mike Crawley, Salem Police Chief. “His character and professionalism exemplify the expectations we have for all of our officers when it comes to putting service before self, and in this case, he did so when he was off-duty.”
Each year the men and women of the Salem Police Department select the “best of the best” from within their own ranks. The current chief and deputy chief are past winners of this award and both understand
what an honor it is to be chosen by your peers.
Senior Police Officer Chris Shelor
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