The Millstadt Police Department recently posted the following to their Facebook page:
Last Thursday, retired Millstadt Police Chief Ed Wilkerson received the Olympian Award at the annual Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission/Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association awards banquet. Per the guidelines for this award, it is bestowed upon a retired chief or sheriff who, “must have demonstrated throughout their career exemplary leadership that has made a significant impact on law enforcement public safety, and the administration of justice, in Southwestern Illinois. The recipient must be of high moral and ethical standards and should be noted for their integrity, leadership, and innovations.” Among the highlights of his career mentioned during the presentation was his continued serving as the lead defensive tactics instructor at the Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy, where has taught for over 25 years. Wilkerson was nominated by Chief Alan Hucke.
As an added bonus to the evening, Millstadt native, and Fox 2 news personality, Andy Banker received the Bob Hardy award. This award is presented to a “media professional” who “consistently demonstrates accurate, fair, and professional reporting of law enforcement and public safety issues”. He was nominated by Madison County Sheriff Jeff Connor. During his acceptance speech, Andy spoke fondly of growing up in Millstadt, and paid particular respect to Millstadt’s first police chief, Al Naert.
This annual awards dinner recognizes those who do great things in the line of duty, as well as behind the scenes. It is great to have local people recognized!