Telecommunicator, Professional Staff Member and Officer of the Year
The Police Officer and Professional Staff Member Awards have been a yearly tradition at the City of Bentonville Police Department for more than 25 years. The Telecommunicator of the Year recognition was added as its own category in 2019.
The Officer of the Year, Telecommunicator of the Year, and Professional Staff Member of the Year is solely voted on by their peers based on their level of professionalism, leadership, and the impact they see within the community. Selections can be based on a single outstanding achievement, or even a day-by-day example of conduct that brings great credit to our profession, city, and to our Police Department.
2023 Telecommunicator of the Year
Our Telecommunicator of the Year Award was awarded to Kimberly Coston. Kimberly is working towards her degree in nursing while continuing to work full-time as a Telecommunicator. She joined the Bentonville Police Department in June 2017 and has always had a passion for service to others. Kimberly is considered one of our most knowledgeable and well-rounded telecommunicators and maintains a high level of professionalism. She helps regularly with entry of warrants and validations and enjoys helping others with any other task. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family. It should be noted this is the second time Kimberly has received the Telecommunicator of the Year recognition (2020).
2023 Professional Staff Member of the Year
The Professional Staff Member Award was awarded to Erin Emis. Erin has been with the City of Bentonville since March 2020 as a police clerk tasked with maintaining department records, warrant validations, citations, and customer service to those coming into the facility. In April 2022, she was reassigned to the Training Division where she assist with employee training records, maintaining CLEST standards and records, and on-boarding of new employees. Erin enjoys coming to work every day with our team and her peers describe her as a hard working reliable employee that is always kind and treats others with patience and respect. Outside of work she enjoys time with her family and long walks.
2023 Police Officer of the Year
The Officer of the Year Award was awarded to Officer Kodee Powell. Officer Powell is a graduate of John Brown University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology (Sports Management) from University of Central Missouri. Officer Powell joined the department January 2021 and is currently assigned to mid-night shift. Since beginning her career, Officer Powell has always been very proactive in enforcement and to date responsible for over 314 arrests from various investigations. Officer Powell comes to work with a great attitude and work ethic. Her next career goal is to be a K9 handler for the department.
2022 Telecommunicator of the Year
Andrew (“Andy”) was selected as the 2022 Telecommunicator of the Year. Andrew has worked with our Emergency Communications Center since 2019 and is assigned to evening shift. He is currently a Communications Training Officer (CTO) and is on the communications center Standard Operating Procedure Committee which meets once a month to ensure the best practice is in place. Andrew is always willing to help, stay over or come in early to cover shifts, and support his peers within the center. Andrew is a part of the 9-1-1 education for kids program and holds multiple training certificates specific to Emergency Communications.
2022 Professional Staff Member of the Year
Tiffany was selected as the 2022 Professional Staff Member of the Year. Tiffany is our Records Division Supervisor and has been with the City since 2013. She is responsible for oversight of all records releases to include researching and proof-reading every police report for the City of Bentonville Police Department for accuracy and quality assurance. She coordinates with the public, media, and external legal representatives to ensure equal access to police reports and court-related documents. Tiffany is also active in our community and volunteers with the annual Fraternal Order of Police Shop with a Cop program that benefits children during Christmas. This is the second time Tiffany has been recognized by her peers having received the Professional Staff Member award in 2018. In her off time she enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with her family.
2022 Police Officer of the Year
Sean was selected as the 2022 Officer of the Year. Sean was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas. He has been employed with the Bentonville Police Department since 2018 and is assigned evening shift Patrol Division. Prior to working for the Bentonville Police Department, Sean worked for the Lowell Police Department from 2015 to 2018. Sean is a Field Training Officer as well as an ALERRT instructor for various active shooter training courses. Sean’s wife, Monica, is a teacher and they have a two year old golden retriever named Duke.
Prior Years- Officer of the Year
2008- Josh Carlson
Prior Years-Civilian of the Year
2011-Ashley "Dru" Blakely
2013-Kristin Barnes and Moriah Sartain (tie)
2015-Mindy Corbett and Brandy Gaona (tie)
2021-Rita Alcala Garcia and Kristin Barnes (tie)