Archive for Thursday, October 13, 2005

Part-timer named Basehor Officer of the Year

October 13, 2005

There's a simple reason why Frank Robison, a Basehor resident and part-time police officer, pursued a career in law enforcement: on the job, you can do more good in one day than some people do in a life-time.

"I've always wanted to be a police officer, all of my life," Robison said. "If I can save or help at least one person, then I feel like I've really done something."

It's that dedication, echoed in Robison's words, that propelled his fellow officers to recognize the five-year veteran. On Sunday, Robison was named Police Officer of the Year.

The announcement came during Sunday's annual Police and Fireman's Appreciation Banquet hosted at Basehor Elementary School. The Basehor PRIDE organization and the Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored the event.

"Did I have an inclination? No," Robison said of winning the award. "It was a complete shock and a real honor."

Basehor police chief Terry Horner said the Officer of the Year recipient was chosen by a departmental vote. All of the city's officers voted via secret ballot and after the final count, Robison's name was at the top of the list.

Horner said Robison was given the award by his colleagues because he's "always available and always ready to serve the city."

While working part-time patrol in Basehor, Robison also works as a full-time officer in Kansas City, Kan. He's always made serving the city a top priority, Horner said.

"This past year, there have been times where he's worked a full shift in KCK and then done a double in Basehor," the police chief said. "This man has been devoted and dedicated to working for us. He fits in with everyone and does a great job."

Robison has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.

Before his tenure with the KCK police department, he worked as a deputy for the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department.

He has lived in Basehor for seven years.

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