Northeast Tarrant

Veteran wins fourth Officer of the Year award in Bedford

Bedford police Officer of the Year Todd Davis.
Bedford police Officer of the Year Todd Davis. Star-Telegram

Todd Davis wouldn’t trade his law enforcement career for anything and apparently his love for the work shows: The Bedford patrol officer was named Officer of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.

Davis said the award in January came as a shock.

“It was the most surprising,” Davis said. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m flattered that I got the award, but I thought other officers should have gotten it.”

Police Chief Roger Gibson said Davis has earned the respect of the community and fellow officers.

“We have a lot of very good officers,” Gibson said. “To be recognized by his peers four years in a row is pretty telling as to the respect he has garnered within the department.”

Davis, a seven-year veteran, received his fourth award at the Bedford Police Department’s annual awards banquet Jan. 24. Nine other officers and police civilians also received awards for their work in 2014.

“He’s recognized for his outstanding work ethic, strong sense of humor, and willingness to help others,” said police Deputy Chief Les Hawkins.

Davis, a father of two, had law enforcement influences growing up. His father was a deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and his grandfather was a police officer in Dallas.

A graduate of L.D. Bell High School, Davis grew up in the Northeast Tarrant County area and started his career with the Bedford Police Department as a patrol officer. Now he serves as one of the patrol division’s field training officers.

“Officer Davis is a very technically proficient officer,” said Police Chief Roger Gibson. “He has a great ability to reason with people and resolve problems. He is always positive and focused on doing his best on each call. He understands customer service .’

In the time he has been on the force, Davis has received several letters of commendation and honors such as lifesaving and merit awards.

Davis said he has had his share of bad calls on the job, but only regrets he didn’t start his law enforcement career earlier in life.

“The highlight of my career is that I’m doing a job that matters,” Davis said. “I enjoy my work and the community service.”

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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