Cincinnati Tradition director named police officer of year

Cincinnati Police Officer Thomas Slade received the Police Officer of the Year award from the Exchange Club of Cincinnati at their meeting February 12. The Exchange Club presents this award each year to recognize the accomplishments of one police officer and to bring public attention to the dedication and service of all those who work in law enforcement.

Slade is the director of Cincinnati Tradition drum and bugle corps.

Slade entered the Police Academy in May 1980 and he has worked in uniformed patrol for his entire career with the Cincinnati Police Department. He first worked in District Four following his graduation from the academy. Since February 1982, Slade has been assigned to District Five, where he has covered the Winton Terrace beat for more than 18 years.

He has been the bugler for the police department’s honor guard for 20 years, lending his musical talent to hundreds of ceremonial occasions. Co-workers and supervisors remark his skill at remembering entries on the “hotsheet” and recovering stolen vehicles.

During 2002, Slade answered more than 1000 calls for service, made 140 arrests, filed 407 reports, served 79 warrants and subpoenas, wrote 188 citations for traffic and other offenses and recovered 50 stolen vehicles. Slade became a Field Training Officer in 1986, and he has participated in the “street training” of nearly 50 young probationary officers in the first months after they graduate from the Police Academy. He still looks forward to training new officers. The experience and knowledge he brings to this endeavor combine with his positive attitude and his unfailing dedication to make Slade an outstanding Field Training Officer and a fine role model.

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