Smith County peace officers gathered Wednesday afternoon to be recognized by six agencies for their dedication to help the community. Non-profit agencies like the East Texas Crisis Center, Children's Advocacy Center, and Parents Anonymous recognized ten officers who have gone above and beyond what their job requires.
"It feels good," said Detective Tony Allen, who was recognized by Children's Advocacy Center. "It is a tough job to do and to be recognized for it, it gives you a little boost to keep on going and doing what you are doing."
"These individuals have really been big advocates for out agency and have seen victims through a very traumatic and painful process, and so to have someone be that dedicated to not only their job, but victims speaks volumes to their character," said Kimberly Krueger, Family Violence Program Coordinator for East Texas Crisis Center. Wednesday's luncheon kicked off National Law Enforcement Appreciation Month.