Grapevine Police Officer Ryan Sayre has been recognized by the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) for the 21st annual TOP COPS Awards.
He was honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 12.
Sayre was one of three officers from Texas and the only one from Tarrant County to be honored.
Some facts about Sayre:• Grapevine High School graduate, 2002.
• Grapevine Police Department Explorer Post, 1999-2004.
• Irving Police Department detention officer, 2004-2006.
• NCTCOG Regional Police Academy.
• Grapevine Police Department hired, 2006.
• DWI officer, 2009-2011.
• Currently assigned to the Uniform Operations Division.
• Last 16 months activity resulted in 29 drug possession arrests, nine DWI arrests, 11 drug paraphernalia arrests and numerous other routine arrests.
The purpose of the TOP COPS Awards, which was created in 1994, is to educate the public about the nation’s heroes and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers in federal, state, county and local agencies from across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty during the preceding year.
TOP COPS are nominated by fellow officers. An independent awards selection committee comprised of national law enforcement representatives select candidates from hundreds of nominations.
“The TOP COPS Awards provide an opportunity for all of us to recognize the brave men and women in America’s law enforcement community who selflessly put their lives on the line day in and day out,” NAPO President Thomas J. Nee said in a news release. “Law enforcement officers care deeply about the citizens and communities they serve, and this honor is one way of letting them know their contributions are not taken for granted.”
Many celebrities from NBC’s hit programs “Law and Order” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” and CBS’s “Cold Case,” “NCIS” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” served as award presenters.
All proceeds from the TOP COPS Awards benefit the Police Research and Education Project (PREP), NAPO’s 501(c)(3) sister organization, which promotes the well-being of officers and their families and educates and informs the public about the role of law enforcement in a democratic society.
NAPO is a coalition of more than 1,000 police units and associations representing 241,000 rank-and-file law enforcement officers from across the United States. For more than 30 years, NAPO has been instrumental in the passage of laws protecting citizens and police officers.