The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 30, 2013

Wilson named Police Officer of the Year

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Police Department Officer Randall Wilson was named Wednesday as Kiwanis Club Police Officer of the Year.

“I want to say thank you,” Wilson said in accepting his award. “To be selected for this is a huge honor for me.”

Wilson, a Ringwood native, worked for NODA before joining Enid Police Department in 2007.

He worked C-shift, from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., after joining the department. He later went to B-shift, from 2 p.m. to midnight, and become a field training officer. Wilson also applied last year and was selected to join the department’s SWAT team.

After thanking the club, he also thanked his wife and two girls.

Wilson said he joined the force for the same reason many officers do — because he wants to help people.

“You really have to be a people person to do this job,” he told the group. “I get a great deal of satisfaction out of it.”

EPD Chief Brian O’Rourke, who introduced Wilson to the club, said officers honored each year are selected by the department’s administration. Officer of the Year candidates are selected from Officer of the Quarter award winners.

“Officer Wilson pretty well exemplifies what we have on the side of our cars,” he said. “It says protect and serve.”

O’Rourke said Wilson is the type of officer the department needs, which is why he’s a training officer.

“Only the best rise to the status of Officer of the Year,” the chief said. “It has to do with their attitude and demeanor.”

The chief lauded Wilson’s performance with the department in his five years of service.

“He’s done some exceptional cases,” O’Rourke said. “He’s solved some exceptional crimes.”

Wilson was selected for Officer of the Quarter the last quarter of 2012. He said he knew competition would be tough because of the other officers selected.

“With the other guys, I know my selection was going to be tough,” he said. “I was extremely surprised and excited about it.”