Basehor police officers honored for their work
Members of the Basehor Police Department, along with several other Leavenworth County law enforcement officials, recently were rewarded for their hard work and dedication to their communities.
The Leavenworth County Law Enforcement Awards ceremony was started 20 years ago by the Leavenworth Veterans of Foreign Wars and Eagles to award local law enforcement. This year, the Leavenworth Eagles hosted the event. Basehor police received four awards.
Officer of the Year for Basehor went to Robert Van Cleave for his dedication and devotion to bike patrol in Basehor. Van Cleave also computerized and alarmed the police department's evidence room.
Detective Lloyd Martley received two awards. One was for achievement in a criminal investigation for his work on two rape cases in 2005. He also earned a merit for excellent arrest award for apprehending a drunken driver near U.S. Highway 24-40 and Kansas Highway 7 after a high-speed chase.
Cpl. Greg Hallgrimson received a safety award for his diligence in enforcing traffic laws in the city. He handed out 371 citations in 2005, including six DUIs, 82 insurance violations and nine suspended drivers.
The honor and longevity of service award went to Donald "Slim" Wilson who is with animal control. He started as a police officer with the Basehor Police Department in 1981. Some animals he has encountered over the years include cats, bats, snakes, skunks, turkeys and even an ostrich.