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Anderson named 2018 Officer of the Year

Post Date:03/06/2019 10:33 am

Jeff Tate and Cortnie AndersonOfficer Cortnie Anderson was selected as the 2018 Shakopee Police Officer of the Year.

Anderson, a 11-year veteran of the department, is a well-respected, team player among department staff, serving as a role model for the younger officers on her shift. In 2018, she was a top performer, leading the department with 30 DWI arrests.

"Officer Anderson is respected among her partners and looked as a leader," said Sgt. Jamie Pearson. "Her partners have delegated her as a go-to person for DWI questions."

In addition, Anderson has taught the department's DARE program at Shakopee Area Catholic School for eight years. “Where Cortnie really shines is as our DARE instructor," said Police Chief Jeff Tate. "What a difference she makes and impact she has in these kids’ lives.”

Tate noted Anderson, who works nights, puts in extra effort to ensure she is available to teach the DARE program during the school day. He said it's clear during the annual DARE graduation ceremony the impact she has on the students.

"She puts her heart into this program and truly gives the children her all," Pearson added. "Her passion for DARE is evident in the classroom.

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