A crowd gathered at the 52nd Annual Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District Exchange Club Crime Prevention luncheon on April 13th to honor law enforcement officers for their commitment to their town’s safety.

 

According to the Pearland Police Department’s Facebook page,

“The Pearland Police Department is pleased to announce that Officer Sonny Carlson has been presented with the Pearland Exchange Club Officer of the Year Award at the 52nd Annual Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District Exchange Club Crime Prevention Luncheon on April 13, 2017. In addition to Officer Carlson, officers from eleven local jurisdictions were also honored at the event.

The Exchange Club is a national civic organization with numerous chapters across the country. Their three primary Programs of Service which drive their activities are Americanism, Youth Programs, and Community Service.

The following are excerpts from Officer Carlson’s nomination:

Dedication, Professionalism and Pride: these are words that continue to be used when people speak about the character and work ethic of Officer Harold “Sonny” Carlson. In April of 2016 Officer Carlson was selected to be the department’s first Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) officer, a position earned due to his history of hard work and dedication to service for the people of Pearland. Since his selection to the unit, Officer Carlson has conducted over 2000 traffic stops and made 84 arrests. While the volume of contacts he made is impressive, what is more impactful is the feeling that Officer Carlson leaves with those citizens.

Officer Carlson has a knack calming people down and goes above and beyond in helping citizens. Officer Carlson takes the extra time to make people feel that they are not just another number passing through the city.

Officer Carlson shows his dedication to service by also volunteering his time by assisting with community events such as “Tip-A-Cop”, an event benefiting the Special Olympics. Because of his positive and professional work and attitude, the Pearland Police Department is proud to name Officer Carlson as the 2017 Exchange Club Officer of the Year.”