LIBERTY — Every year the Liberty Police Department recognizes employees who exhibit outstanding achievements in performance above and beyond their basic assignments.

Criteria for this recognition includes organizational commitment, attendance, judgment, decisiveness, service to citizens and leadership, according to Capt. Andy Hedrick, Liberty police’s public information officer.

The recipient of the 2018 Civilian of the Year award is Communications Officer Chondra Bethards, a 14-year veteran dispatcher. A surprise reception was held in her honor at City Hall with several department members and her family present. Bethards works mostly evenings and overnight shifts.

The recipient of the 2018 Officer of the Year award is Robert Bratcher, a 15-year police veteran who currently serves as a school resource officer. Bratcher was also surprised when he was presented the award after a school assembly at South Valley Middle School.

Officer Kyle Hamline, another school resource officer, and Bratcher created the Liberty Junior Police Academy, which marked its fifth anniversary over the summer.

“Both of these Liberty Police employees perform above and beyond the call of duty,” Hedrick said.

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