I.U.P.A. Local Bogalusa Police Association, #85 members Detective Sergeant Justin Blackwell and CO II Leonard Powell received awards from the local American Legion and Rotary Club. Every year, awards are given to the Teacher of the Year, Police Officer of the Year, Corrections Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, and Deputy of the Year. Winners are selected among those nominated by members of the community.
This year, Detective Sergeant Justin Blackwell was Police Officer of the Year and CO II Leonard Powell was Corrections Officer of the Year.
The I.U.P.A. and LEORF Hero Spotlight shines a light on LEOs whose heroism, quick thinking, and dedication are examples to those in our profession and remind us all why we put on the uniform every day. Previous Hero Spotlights have included:
- Hero Spotlight: WACOPS Officers
- Hero Spotlight: Deputy Eric Blake
- Hero Spotlight: School Resource Officer Roy
- Hero Spotlight: Detective Monique Gilstrap
- Hero Spotlight: Officer Evan Barone
- Hero Spotlight: Clermont Police Officers
- Hero Spotlight: Dispatcher Trish Geiman
- Hero Spotlight: Officer Nick Jones
- Hero Spotlight: Officer VanArsdale And K9 Anthony
- Hero Spotlight: Melinda Kendall
- Hero Spotlight: Daniel Thompson