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The Wichita Crime Commission handed out their annual awards to local officers Thursday night at the Doubletree at Hilton Hotel in west Wichita.
Wichita Police Detective Tim Relph (below) was named the Officer of the Year. He gave an impassioned acceptance speech about the years he's spent as a homicide detective with longtime partner Robert Chisolm.
The Criminal Justice Professional of the Year honor went to Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz (below) who takes over soon as the director of the new Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Dept.
The Crime Prevention Officer of the Year is East High Student Resource Officer John Biagini (below). The Crime Prevention Citizen Activist of the Year is Dr. Joel Erskin for his work in helping gang members remove their tattoos. In accepting the award, Dr. Erskin said Officer Biagini deserves all the credit because he doesn't do anything with tattoos unless he hears from Biagini.
The "Twelve Apostles of Justice Award" winner is Mike Sweeney, owner of Overhead Door Company, for his work on many Crime Commission programs. The award goes each year to a member of the Wichita Crime Commission. Sweeney is a former chairman of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Crimes Stoppers Board.