Bellaire Patrol Officer Doug Clawson was recently named Officer of the Year for his involvement in numerous arrests throughout the year.
Clawson was named Officer of the Year at the Bellaire Police Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 3. The award originated in 1975 and has been awarded consecutively for the past 35 years to an officer for outstanding performance. Nominees are selected and chosen by their peers, not by the Chief of Police.
Some of the arrests Clawson made this year were for offenses such as burglary of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, possession of controlled substances, driving while intoxicates and many other lesser offenses.
Clawson also identified a suspect wanted for murder in the State of Michigan. The suspect had eluded police on many occasions, including having been jailed while he was wanted for homicide.
Other nominees include Patrol Officer Marco Zarate for his work in locating and arresting an aggravated robbery suspect.
Patrol Officer Tracie Matthews was nominated for her involvement in the teaching Rape Aggression Defense in the community as well as her efforts in organizing the annual “Guns and Hoses” football game between the Bellaire Police and Fire Department.
Detective Mike Lacy was nominated for his investigative work and arrest of a suspect for sexual assault of a child.
Sergio Salinas, the 2009 Officer of the Year, was also nominated for numerous arrests including burglary of habitation and an arrest that cleared at least five aggravated robbery cases.