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Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler was awarded the 2010 Texas Peacemaker Award by the Sheriff’s Association of Texas (SAT).
Fowler was presented the award Tuesday in Austin by SAT Executive Director, Steve Westbrook, who said he was chosen for the award by a selection committee.
“I’ve known Sheriff Fowler for a number of years,” Westbrook said, “He exemplifies all of the qualities [required] of this award.”
Westbrook added he bases those qualities on the first paragraph of the nominations requirements, which state the award was “established to honor a law enforcement professional that has exemplified, over their lifetime of public service, an extraordinary dedication to the public good and community which they have served and whose approach to law enforcement has been not only to maintain order-but bring justice. In support of the common good, the recipient must have endeavored to bring out the best in people, to recognize the dignity of others, to serve as role model and mentor for the younger generation of law enforcement officers, to go beyond being a lawman, and to unite as well as protect.”
The award was established in honor of the late Tieman H. Dippel, who served as Sheriff of Washington County from Nov. 5, 1940 through Jan. 1, 1961. It consists of an engraved plaque, State Resolution and two $500 scholarships given by the association in Fowler’s name. Fowler was nominated by his peers and coworkers, who submitted letters of recommendation for each division of the Sheriff’s Office, stating the expansions and improvements he has made and assisted in improving.
Fowler’s accomplishments during his tenure as Parker County Sheriff include being co-founder of the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit and the Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, along with creating a training division to save tax payers money.
A portion of Fowler’s nomination letter stated that in his lifetime, he has dedicated more than 40 years to law enforcement training and experience to the citizens of Texas, that his service and career serve as a staunch reminders that there are law enforcement officers who exist to use their careers in order to serve their community in a capacity which is deserving of such an award and honor.
Many department heads complimented Sheriff Fowler on the nomination, stating he has made vast improvements within the Sheriff’s Office since his election into office.
Fowler said he was taken by surprise at the nomination.
“I truly was not expecting such an award,” Fowler said. “I am deeply honored and accept it on behalf of all law enforcement officials who strive to better their departments, the lives of each officer and citizens within their communities.”
The SAT promotes training law enforcement officers with updated seminars and training courses and classes which meet or exceed Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards in Education (TCLEOSE) mandated annual training on new laws and procedures, through a training agreement and provides formal training credit.
The SAT also offers scholarships to eligible students pursuing an academic degree at a college or university, which are funded by the association and individuals.
Fowler said both programs are a large part of the association.
“The training and scholarships provided by the Sheriff’s Association of Texas help law enforcement officers and their children achieve a proper education for Texas officers and their families,” Fowler said. “I’m proud to be a part of that circle and very honored to have two scholarships awarded in my name.”