Bowling Green police officers receive recognition for service during awards ceremony

BOWLING GREEN Ky.- At the Bowling Green Police Department, the achievements of the brave officers were celebrated Friday with an employee awards ceremony.

Different awards were given depending length of service. The awards were split between 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service. Awards were also given for Officer of the year, Civilian of the year, and Distinguished Service.

Deputy Chief Michael Delaney is celebrating two decades of serving with the Bowling Green Police Department.

“It seems like just yesterday that I started my career in that community room over there getting a speech from then Captain Harris. It’s flown. It seems like 20 days, not 20 years. It’s been a great experience, I’ve enjoyed my time serving this community. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I enjoy every year of it,” Delaney said.

While some are celebrating 20 years, some are newer to the police department, and have already made great strides in serving the community. Eric Stroud, a detective with the BGPD, received an award for 5 years of service.

“It’s flown by to be honest. I came here from another department, and the Bowling Green Police Department has been phenomenal. The opportunities as a five-year officer, and I’ve been a detective for three of those already. I love my job. I go home at the end of the day and I can’t wait to come back the next day,” Stroud said.

For Stroud, he’s looking forward to continuing his work to serve the community for years to come.

“I enjoy being able to take a case and go out and investigate it and get justice for those families. A lot of times, you have these crimes and you’re not able to get the justice that you need or want. But when you do, it really is a good feeling,” Stroud said.

The award for Officer of the Year was given to Officer Michael Jonker, who has been with the BGPD for 8 years.