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Officers of the Year named in Saginaw County

The annual event was supposed to happen back in March, but was re-scheduled for Tuesday
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Published: Sep. 1, 2020 at 6:24 PM EDT
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SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - (09/01/2020) - Some law enforcement officers in Saginaw County were recognized for their work Tuesday afternoon by Exchange Club of Saginaw.

The annual Officers of the Year event was supposed to happen back in March, but it was re-scheduled to Tuesday.

Saginaw police officer Jordan Engelhart was honored as Officer of the Year within his department.

“Even when involved in volatile, high stress events, Officer Engelhart retains a calm calculated demeanor and uses this to influence the outcome of a situation,” said Lt. Nat Voelker of the Saginaw Police Department.

Lt. Ebony Racso was recognized for her work on the construction of the new Saginaw County Jail.

“If you get a chance to come over and see our nearly one hundred thousand square foot facility, it ’s got Lt. Racso’s fingerprints all over it. I’m very proud of her accomplishments and the work she has done for our office,” said Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel.

Officers from the Saginaw Police Department, Saginaw Township Police Department, Michigan State Police Tri-City Post, Michigan State Police Crime Lab in Bridgeport, Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office, Tittabawassee Township Police Department, FBI and BAYANET were recognized for work they did the previous year.

The recognition comes at a time when police are under scrutiny following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the shooting Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

In Saginaw County, a deadly shooting during a hostage situation in February involving Engelhart and officer Rob Adams was determined to be justified by the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office. But law enforcement officers know the spotlight is on them and their actions now more than ever.

“It’s always a handful and that’s all it usually takes,” Federspiel said. “But the majority of the people in our profession are hardworking people who want to serve the community and they put their life on the line every day and those who don’t, there needs to be justice served in the same way it would be for any of our citizens that have to fall in line with the law on the books.”

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