SAVANNAH, GA (March 14, 2018) – Two Savannah Police Department officers will receive an honorable mention at the 25th Annual TOP COPS Awards for their work in the Cann Park Neighborhood Operation that culminated in March 2016.

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) will be presenting the award to Sgt. Samuel Hunt, an 11-year veteran with the department, and Cpl. Michael Dobson, a 13-year veteran. Out of hundreds of nominations, this case was chosen to represent the state of Georgia.

In late 2015, a joint effort between the ATF and the then Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department was initiated, combating and targeting individuals who were performing illegal activities in the Cann Park neighborhood. After a six-month operation, 23 individuals were arrested and have since been convicted and sentenced.

According to the NAPO, the purpose of the TOP COPS Awards is to educate the American public about this nation’s heroes and pay tribute to law enforcement officers for outstanding service to their communities.

Since the March 2016 arrests, violent crime in Cann Park has dropped significantly. “We are very proud of these officers and our federal and state partners who took part in this operation,” said Special Investigations Section Commander, Capt. Lenny Gunther. “These officers worked hard and showed great tenacity, which resulted in the arrests of 23 individuals and a much safer neighborhood for Cann Park residents.”

The 25th annual awards ceremony will be held on May 14, 2018 in Washington, D.C. during National Police Week.

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