Officer Dave Hickcox named SHPD Employee of the Year

Sweet Home Police Department staff members have named Officer Dave Hickcox Employee of the Year last week.

“He’s done a fantastic job for us,” said Police Chief Jeff Lynn. “He’s one of those officers that’s willing to jump, step up to assist others. He’s professional, takes his job very seriously. He’s just a team player and does a thorough job for the community. He’s really a good solid example of the type of employee we want to present to the community. We’re happy to have him.”

Hickcox, 30, said the honor is “unexpected.”

“It was very honoring to have the award and be selected by my peers and those above me to hold that title. It’s very rewarding.

“I don’t think I really do anything different from anyone else.”

He just does his job in a professional manner, the way he was trained, Hickcox said.

He has been an officer in Sweet Home for three years, and he still loves it.

Hickcox grew up in Oregon and graduated from high school in Springfield. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer for six years, including a 15-month tour in northern Iraq at Forward Operating Base Summerall outside Bayji.

He continues to study criminal justice at Central Texas College through the Army.

Hickcox is married to Lorianne, a teacher’s assistant.

Law enforcement is in his blood, he said. His stepfather was a police officer and his mother was a dispatcher. Someone he considers a brother is a police officer in Seattle. A cousin in Washington is an officer.

“Being in the military and what I did in the military, I love it,” Hickcox said. “It’s always changing.”

He enjoys getting out, meeting people and getting to know them.

Hickcox said he loves working in a small town, he said. He gets to know the people better, and he’s definitely able to do more community relations work.

“I love it here,” he said. “I love the outdoors. It’s a pretty great place.”