Left to right: Officer D. Bruce Dareing, Officer John Garner, SBISD Police Chief Charles Brawner
Nominated by SBISD Police Dept. corporals and sergeants, Officer Garner was recognized for a demanding assignment as traffic officer, serving as the main coordinator between the police and transportation departments. He was issued the award during a department recognition event held in June.
“Officer Garner established an outstanding rapport with all district employees at Transportation, providing guidance, sound advice, and investigation of every district traffic accident and vehicle incident. His dedication to duty and attention to detail resulted in closure of all assigned cases in a timely and detailed manner,” Police Dept. officials said.
At the end of the 2015-2016 year, Officer Garner had no remaining open accident/vehicle cases.
Garner is one of 33 district police officers who provide student, staff and campus security across Spring Branch ISD. The Police department operates 24 hours a day. It takes a leading safety and security role in emergencies like Spring Branch Elementary School’s student/staff evacuation to Don Coleman Coliseum.
Officer Garner played a key role along with Transportation leaders in deploying a dozen or more school buses to Spring Branch Elementary, which was quickly evacuated due to an uncontrolled warehouse fire in the nearby neighborhood one morning last spring.
“Officer Garner’s high degree of expertise and great knowledge was displayed, without faltering, throughout the entire school year. His quick thinking and take-charge attitude resulted in the safe movement of transportation vehicles to any given emergency situation,” his recognition stated.
“Officer Garner’s devotion to duty, to selfless service and professional excellence is in keeping with the highest traditions of law enforcement. His actions reflect great credit upon himself, the Police Department and Spring Branch ISD,” his recognition award also stated.
Police Chief Charles Brawner and Officer D. Bruce Dareing, who is assistant to the chief of police, presented the Officer of the Year award during the department’s annual luncheon in early June. In addition, Officer Garner received a special department plaque.