Knoxville Police Department presents "Officer of the Month" honors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch presented several awards Monday.

Officer Terry Pate was recognized as the October "Officer of the Month." Ofc. Pate was on his way home when he heard about a carjacking on Gay Street.

Instead of continuing home, he helped search for the suspect. "He asked dispatch to repeat the description of the vehicle and of the suspect. Officer Pate immediately notified dispatch that he was behind the vehicle," said Chief Rausch.

Ofc. Pate followed the suspect to a gas station and watched him until other officers showed up and arrested him.

Officer Caleb Crothers was named the November "Officer of the Month." Ofc. Crothers met with concerned residents and set up surveillance locations to crack down on illegal drug activity, alcohol use, and prostitution.

Officer Eddie Johnson was named the December "Officer of the Month." He helped recover a stolen vehicle from the Knox County Health Department that had been painted over.

Building services employees, Michael Mathes and Chris Roberts, were honored as the Civilian Employees of the Month for October.

Animal Control Officers Keri Henley and Keith Hogue were honored with the Civilian Employees of the Month for November.

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