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The Billings Police Department has announced the recipients of its 2016 annual awards.

Officer of the Year was awarded to Detective Steve Hallaman an 11-year-veteran who closed out 33 of 46 major cases with an arrest in 2016, according to a news release from the department. 

Supervisor of the Year was awarded to Sgt. Mitch Hart, a 23-year-veteran who works as the coordinating supervisor for the Field Training Officer Program and the School Resource Officers, according to the press release. 

Employee of the Year was awarded to Volunteer Coordinator Kallie Parsons, an employee of three years described in the press release as "responsible for the recruiting, training and assignments of the volunteers." Parsons was "instrumental in creating the graffiti abatement program" and "works with the courts in setting up the appropriate work for individuals who have been assigned community service to fulfill court requirements," according to the press release.

The Billings Optimist Club Respect for the Law Community Award was given to Officer Matt Edwards, a Youth Football League coach, who is "involved in the Work for Life Career Home Economics program in schools," and "has taken several students for ride-alongs, always promoting his profession and exposing these students to the positive side of law enforcement," according to the press release.  

The American Legion National Law Enforcement Award went to Officer Tim Doll, who has been a police officer for five-and-a-half years. Doll, a patrol beat officer, also works as a Field Training Officer, certified firearms instructor, hostage negotiator and is a member of the Volunteers of America through which he has worked with Camp P.O.S.T.C.A.R.D. (Peace Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams), according to the press release, which also notes Doll's involvement in the Adopt-A-Cop Program.  

Officer Philip Tanis and Sgt. Shane Shelden earned Lifesaving Awards after their July efforts administering CPR to someone who had stopped breathing were credited by a paramedic with saving the person's life, according to the press release. 

Officer Ryan Kramer also earned a Lifesaving Award for his November efforts in successfully administering CPR to someone who had stopped breathing. 


Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.