Shawnee Police Cpl. Nathan Helm received the prestigious 2018 Officer of the Year Award at the Shawnee Police Foundation banquet Friday evening. Presenting the award were Margaret Davis, SPF Chairperson, 2017 Officer of the Year Beau Bohuslavicky and Shawnee Police Chief Mason Wilson.

Helm has been with the Shawnee Police Department since September 2011 and is currently assigned to the Uniform Division working the evening shift.

“He is recognized as a natural leader and a positive role model who easily motivates and inspires. He selflessly helps co-workers with any task at hand and has earned the respect of his superiors and peer alike,” the award citation reads.

In 2018, Cpl. Helm took 2,447 calls for service, wrote 268 reports and made 81 arrests. To his credit, he seized almost two pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $8,500 in 2018 as well as two pounds of marijuana and another $5,178 in drug money.

Several other awards were presented Friday night. Watch for updates and more photos and videos online as well as more coverage in the News-Star.