UK Police Officer Honored

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Photo of UK Police Officer Robert Pearl
UK Police Officer Robert Pearl

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"Officer Pearl has consistently represented our department in an admirable fashion. He is very deserving of this award, and we are pleased that the Human Rights Commission chose to recognize him for his dedicated and continuous service to all members of the community."

-- Fred Otto,
chief
University of Kentucky Police

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 15, 2004) -- The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission has honored University of Kentucky Police Officer Robert Pearl with the Police Community Relations Award. The award was presented to Pearl and Thomas Coon, an officer in the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police, during the commission’s Civil Rights Luncheon.

Since joining the UK Police Department in December 2002, Pearl has served in the Bureau of Patrol and on the Executive Protection Team, which is responsible for protection of dignitaries who visit UK’s campus. Pearl is actively involved in the university’s Adopt-A-Cop program, in which he is assigned to a particular residence hall and works with those residents on campus safety issues. He also volunteers his time visiting sick children at the UK Children’s Hospital.

"Officer Pearl has consistently represented our department in an admirable fashion. He is very deserving of this award, and we are pleased that the Human Rights Commission chose to recognize him for his dedicated and continuous service to all members of the community," said Fred Otto, chief of UK Police.

This is the third year the commission has presented the Police Community Relations Award, and Pearl is the second UK Police officer to be honored.

“We instituted this award to recognize and promote good relations between law enforcement and the community,” said William D. Wharton, executive director of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. “Quoting from one of Pearl’s nomination forms, ‘he is dedicated to his job and the people he works with, he has compassion and purpose. Officer Pearl ….. goes the extra mile.’”


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