On Friday, during the annual Shawnee Police Foundation Benefit Dinner, Cpl. Greg VanBrunt was named 2019 Officer of the Year.

On Friday, during the annual Shawnee Police Foundation Benefit Dinner, Cpl. Greg VanBrunt was named 2019 Officer of the Year.

VanBrunt began his career at the Shawnee Police Department at the end of 2010.

This year he is assigned to Municipal Court, but also has served in other areas, like bicycle, SWAT and truancy.

Among his achievements, VanBrunt established the SPD's Explorer program, which works with local youth interested in becoming police officers.

VanBrunt also mentored local youth through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Shawnee. Taking part in the BB/BS annual bowling tournament/fundraiser, Bowl for Kids, VanBrunt's team has been the top fundraiser for three consecutive years.

“VanBrunt is also know for doing little things that often go unnoticed,” Master of Ceremonies Kelly Ogle said at the event.

It is not uncommon to see Greg stop by the Shawnee Senior Center to visit; this has enabled Greg to meet more citizens that may not ever get to know local police officers, he said.

Several others also won awards during the benefit dinner; read more about them next week in The Shawnee News-Star.