Police Officer the Year
Senior Officer Shannon Walsh
Leesburg Police Department
Senior Officer Shannon Walsh was selected by her work peers as the 2018-Officer of the Year
S.O. Walsh has been a valued member of the organization since 2009. During that time, S.O. Walsh has successfully held several assignments within the department and currently serves on the Traffic Unit. She is also a member of the departments Honor Guard. Among her accomplishments S.O. Walsh has earned her Associates, Bachelor’s, and Master Degrees, and has been actively pursuing her doctorates. S.O. Walsh is a Field Training Officer, Traffic Homicide Investigator and the agency’s only Drug Recognition Expert.
S.O. Walsh is a “go-getter” who rarely says “No” to an assignment, challenge or request for her time and/or services. She regularly volunteers to work overtime details, fill in on the road, and be on the on-call Traffic Homicide Investigator (THI). S.O. Walsh has also been working with the Lake County DUI Task Force in an effort to reduce DUI crashes. Moreover, Shannon took it upon herself to pursue a statewide grant for the Florida Department of Transportation addressing occupant restraint and child safety. Not only was the department awarded the grant through her diligent effort, she was placed in charge of the program which enjoyed success on many levels.
While members of specialized units typically do not assist in the Field Training program, S.O. Walsh recognized that there was a need for training officers and volunteered her services to assist. As an experienced Traffic Homicide Investigator, S.O. Walsh has been also been assisting with the training of new members of the Traffic Unit. In addition to her assigned duties, S.O. Walsh continually takes part in community events, typically volunteering her time for the good of the community regardless of the mission. It is obvious that she does this out of a desire to serve and not for personal gain.
S.O. Walsh sets a great example for other members of the department and will continue to set the bar high. S.O. Walsh lives up to the department’s motto by protecting and serving our community with integrity, courage, compassion, and intelligence.