BY MELANIE WADE –
Polk County’s Chief Deputy Randy Jewell has been selected by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge as Polk County’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Jewell will be recognized at the 15th annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit to be held on October 3, 2017 at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. “I am very humbled and honored to be selected,” Jewell said.
The annual event is a free training and educational opportunity for Arkansas’ law enforcement community, including officers, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel. During a noon luncheon at the event, Rutledge will recognize one outstanding law enforcement officer from each county in addition to the statewide and regional award winners that will be announced. As Polk County’s LEO of the Year, Jewell will be considered for those awards as well.
Jewell was appointed as Chief Deputy by Sheriff Scott Sawyer as one of his first official duties after beginning his first term as sheriff in January 2017. Jewell is a native of Vandervoort, graduating Van-Cove High School in 1997. He became a part-time reserve officer in 2006 and went full-time for Grannis PD in 2007. “I like to give back to the community. I’ve always been drawn to try to help people, especially those who can’t help themselves, those that don’t have a voice,” said Jewell of why he chose law enforcement as a career.
Sheriff Sawyer is proud to have Jewell as a part of his team. “It was an honor for me to nominate him. Randy is hard working, smart, and professional. He is a vital part of our team and he is always striving to learn more and get even better.”
Although Jewel is honored by the announcement of the award, in his true humbled spirit, he acknowledges his fellow officers. “I feel like any of the deputies I work with are just as, if not more, deserving of the recognition. They are an outstanding group of people.”