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Murphysboro chaplain

One of Murphysboro's new police chaplains, Rick Sutton, right, poses with a Murphysboro police officer during a ride-along this past week.

Richard Sitler, The Southern

MURPHYSBORO — The Murphysboro Police Department is hosting an Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The banquet will be held at Christ Community Church Family Life Center, 805 N. 16th St. in Murphysboro. The event is expected to run from 6:30 to about 8 p.m.


Murphysboro Police Department Chief Chad Roberts gives treats to Damon Pratt, 3, this past Halloween at the Murphysboro Police Department.

The awards portion of the evening starts at 7:15 p.m.

Police Chief Chad Roberts plans to give awards in five categories: Police Officer of the Year, Communications Officer of the Year, Crimefighter of the Year, Community Service Award and Auxiliary Officer of the Year.

Murphysboro Chaplain

Rick Sutton, one of Murphysboro's new police chaplains, rides with an officer in a police cruiser this past week in Murphysboro.

Organizers will also give out Chief's Awards and Lifesaving Awards for various incidents that occurred during 2017.

"My officers most definitely deserve the recognition," Roberts said.

— Stephanie Esters



Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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