Video: US Department of Justice honors Pottsville police officer with Attorney General’s Award | life in the valley

The Department of Justice recently announced the recipients of the fifth annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing. This year’s awards recognize the outstanding work of 18 law enforcement officers and deputies from 12 jurisdictions across the country.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced the winners in Atlanta. Later, he attended a ceremony for three DeKalb County Police Department honorees.

“The job of law enforcement has always been difficult – but perhaps no more so than in the recent past, as officers have faced a host of significant challenges. The officers and deputies who receive awards from this years demonstrate how so many of them go above and beyond, even in the midst of difficult circumstances,” said Attorney General Garland. “Every day, thousands of people who work in the law build and maintain strong community bonds that are essential to ensuring public safety. The recipients of this award represent quintessential examples of such critical efforts. It is an honor to recognize them.”

The Attorney General’s Award recognizes state, local, tribal and territorial police officers, deputies and soldiers for their outstanding community policing efforts. Awarded officers and deputies have demonstrated active community engagement in one of three areas: innovations in community policing, criminal investigations or field operations. This year, the Department received 185 nominations from 145 agencies, recognizing a total of 347 officers, deputies and privates. There were 39 states represented in the nominating pool, spanning state, local, campus, sheriff and other agency types.

The work honored this year reflects many examples of law enforcement officers working closely with the community to build trust, solve problems, reduce crime and improve public safety.

The Department of Justice is working closely with national law enforcement stakeholder groups during the awards review period, leveraging their expertise and experience to determine recipients as part of the awards review. a competitive appointment process. The Department also works closely with its constituents, utilizing the breadth of knowledge within the Department to ensure a successful program that honors the exceptional service of our nation’s law enforcement officers and deputies.

Complete information about the fifth annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing is available at

Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing 2021


Officer Cody Hubbard, Pottsville, Arkansas Police Department

In May 2021, Officer Cody Hubbard responded to a call of a cardiac arrest from a three-week-old child who was not breathing. Immediately after arriving, Hubbard began rescue efforts and began the Heimlich maneuver for infants. The baby soon started crying and breathing on his own. The Pope County Emergency Medical Services team then arrived and took control of the scene. Hubbard received the department’s Life Saving Award for his actions. In a very stressful situation, he was able to retain, remember and apply the lifesaving training he had received. Officer Hubbard saved a young life and earned the respect of the community.

On Wednesday, April 7, Constable Hubbard was honored and presented with his award and medal for Distinguished Service in Community Policing Field Operations at a ceremony held at Pottsville City Hall . Hubbard received his awards from Jonathan Ross, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Paulette Chappelle, Law Enforcement Coordinator for the Eastern District of Arkansas on behalf of U.S. Attorney General Merrick B.Garland.

After receiving the prestigious award, Hubbard spoke about the actions he took to save the baby’s life and his thoughts on his selection to receive the award. After the presentation, Hubbard reunited with baby Grady and her parents, Joe and Katelin Chronister. While

Interacting with Grady, Hubbard commented with a smile, “I can’t believe how big he’s gotten. Looks like yesterday he was just a little baby. Now he’s here just to live his life, yeah

know.” Grady will celebrate his first birthday in May, but when the choking incident happened he was just three weeks old.

Hubbard was then asked to sum up how he felt in one word and he said, “Joy. That’s the only word I can think of right now.”

In conclusion, Hubbard was asked what his message would be to other law enforcement officers and he said, “Just keep doing your job. I mean it’s not always bad, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

To view the presentation, to learn more about Hubbard’s price and bailout actions, watch the attached video.

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