CLEVELAND - Cleveland police officers protect and serve the public on a daily basis, often without recognition.
On Thursday night, in a ceremony in city council chambers at Cleveland City Hall, police personnel who performed their duties heroically during 2012 were rewarded for their bravery and dedication.
Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Michael McGrath bestowed awards on dozens officers and civilians.
Community Policing Unit officer Jeffrey Stanczyk was named 2012 Police Officer of the Year.
On the force since 1980, Stanczyk's "dynamic and engaging personality was his weapon of choice, a tool he expertly wielded with great effectiveness," read part of the tribute to Stanczyk in the event's program.
The Citizen Plaque Award was given to civilians who stepped into action to assist officers.
Former Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid was given the Special Chief's Recognition honoring his law enforcement career that began in 1975.