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Posted on: March 3, 2021

Spearfish police officers honored

Sergeant promotion

SPEARFISH, SD – The 2020 Spearfish Police Department Officer of the Year, Christopher Woods, and newly-promoted Sgt. Dustin Bush were honored during the Spearfish City Council meeting Monday.

Woods, hired as a patrol officer by the department in 2019, was presented with an award certificate from Police Chief Curt Jacobs. The certificate states: “The Spearfish Police Department recognizes that Officer Christopher Woods, having been duly nominated by his peers, has exhibited to the public and other officers, an exceptional degree of professionalism for the Year 2020. This past year Officer Woods has displayed the highest percentage in traffic enforcement for the department and has been in the top percentile for calls for service. He has performed his duties in such a way that his fellow officers have looked to him for his guidance and maturity while recognizing his humble demeanor. His dedication to emergency service has led him to become a pillar of support for other officers having a hard time on the job. Officer Woods is recognized as a leader among his peers and a devoted officer with a true servant’s heart. His actions and professional performance are a credit to himself, the community he serves, and the Spearfish Police Department.”

Bush, hired as a patrol officer by the department in 2010, was recognized for his recent promotion to sergeant with a pinning ceremony. His wife, Jenna, pinned his new badge and sergeant chevrons on his uniform during the meeting. 

Woods and Bush received applause and congratulations from the mayor and city council, family, friends, and colleagues present and enjoyed a reception after the meeting.

“We have such amazing personnel in this department,” Chief Jacobs said. “I am very proud of Officer Woods and Sgt. Bush, thank them for all of their service and leadership, and look forward to seeing their continued success.”

Officer of the yearOfficer Christopher Woods, left, received the Spearfish Police Department Officer of the Year award from Police Chief Curt Jacobs Monday during the Spearfish City Council meeting. Photo courtesy Spearfish Police Department

Sergeant promotionNewly-promoted Sgt. Dustin Bush, left, received his new badge and sergeant chevrons on his uniform during a pinning ceremony Monday during the Spearfish City Council meeting. Jenna, his wife, pinned the badge and chevrons after Police Chief Curt Jacobs, right, presented Bush with a certificate of promotion. Photo courtesy Spearfish Police Department

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