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Rexburg Police Department select first Officer of the Year

It was a big day for one officer in Rexburg. Officer Joshua Rhodes was awarded “Officer of the Year” by the Rexburg Police Department.

A little while ago, the Chief of Police in Rexburg, Shane Turman, sent out a list of questions to his officers. The questions were lists of qualities that make a good officer and asking them to choose an officer that fits each trait. Little did they know that their answers would help decide the officer of the year.

“It was unanimously Josh Rhodes on 90% of them,” said Turman

This was the first year that the Rexburg Police Department recognized an officer of the year. Chief Turman said this definitely will not be the last.

When Officer Rhodes was told the good news, it was something he didn’t even think he would get.

“It was an honor to have our other officers you work with everyday,” Rhodes said. “It’s one of those I wasn’t sure you know you have a lot of good officers.”

But at the announcement at the department Christmas party, it was no shock to the other police men and women.

“He got a standing ovation,” Turman said. “They were extremely excited. I don’t think they were surprised by it.”

Not only did Rhodes get the prestigious honor of being the first ever Rexburg Police Department Officer of the Year, but Idaho Central Credit Union donated a prize to go along with it. ICCU sponsored a Vegas vacation for Rhodes and his family. Something the credit union was thrilled to be apart of.

“I think its an amazing opportunity for us to give back to those that have their lives on the line for us,” said Ashley Duda, Business Development Officer at Idaho Central Credit Union.

Although the trip is something Rhodes is very grateful for, he is honored to be an example for his kids.

“You know, I have a couple young sons that hopefully helps them recognize how great of a department I work for, the great officers that I work for,” Rhodes said. “That’s part of what I do everyday to try to be an example to them and help them make good choices. To try to teach them as best as I can.”

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