Pictured above: Chief Goodwin, Detective Watts and Donnie Walden, Optimist Club
Detective Jonathan Watts was awarded the "Officer of the Year" from the Collierville Police Department and the Shelby County Optimist Club's Respect for Law Committee on May 9, 2013. Below was the nomination letter. Congradulations to Detective Watts.
In August of 2005, Jonathan Watts began his career with the Collierville Police Department as a full time patrolman. During his time in the uniformed patrol division, Officer Watts was known as a go-getter who took initiative in his duties. Officer Watts’ vast knowledge of the residents in his area of responsibility was evident by the quality of work that he produced. Officer Watts consistently received positive performance reports as well as the hometown hero award for being one of the initial responders in apprehending an individual who robbed a bank in a neighboring county.
In 2009, Officer Watts was promoted to the rank of Detective. Aside from investigating cases in a general assignment bureau, Detective Watts also became the domestic violence coordinator for the department.Detective Watts was an obvious choice for the position due to his patience, diligence and ability to communicate with both victims and suspects involved in the cycle of domestic violence.
In the performance of his job duties, Detective Watts consistently exhibits an all out personal effort. Along with his duties involving the investigation of domestic violence cases in Town, Detective Watts acts as the department liaison with the Family Violence Council of Collierville as well as the Family Safety Center of Memphis and ShelbyCounty. His efforts assure that the Collierville Police Department stays abreast of the ever-changing issues regarding domestic issues.
Detective Watts exhibits the same prowess in the area of general investigations. In 2012, Detective Watts was instrumental in bringing several aggravated burglary cases to a successful conclusion, to include the recovery of several thousands of dollars worth of jewelry taken from several victims in Town. His tenacity and work ethic produced a performance nothing short of exemplary throughout 2012.
Detective Watts should be recognized for his personal motivation, excellent teamwork and the professionalism that he displayed over the duration of the calendar year of 2012; furthermore, this exemplary job performance demonstrates his dedication to this department and more importantly to the public to which he serves. It is my honor to recommend Detective Jonathan Watts as the 2012 Officer of the Year.
L.E. Goodwin, Chief
Collierville Police Department
(Thanks to the Collierville Herald for the use of the picture)