HPD Officer Receives 2008 Lynn B. Clooney Memorial Award

April 17, 2009 - Houston Police Department Senior Officer Paul Lassalle III was named “Officer of the Year” by the Houston Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association in a ceremony held on April 16, 2009 at the ARAMCO Services Building.

Senior Officer Lassalle joined the Houston Police Department 15 years ago and has had multiple assignments with the Traffic Enforcement Division, Accident Division and at North Shepherd and Central Patrol Stations.  Lassalle is presently assigned to the Traffic Division and is a DWI Task Force Administrative Officer.  He has taken on the challenge of ensuring that HPD is in the forefront of technology when it comes to stopping impaired drivers.  Through this passion, he spearheaded the campaign to get the department’s Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) van. This van, which will be the first of six, contains an intoxilyzer for breath testing, capabilities to draw blood during “No Refusal” nights and computer equipment for officers to complete reports and charges without leaving the area.  This officer’s drive and determination to make HPD a leader in combating impaired driving has made Paul Lassalle a fitting recipient of this award.

Lynn Clooney was a founding member of the Houston Citizens Police Academy formed in 1989. Although she died in 1993, she spent many years serving the men and women of the Houston Police Department in her role as president of the Positive Interaction Program (P.I.P.). The Lynn Clooney Memorial Award was established in honor of Ms. Clooney’s contributions to the Houston Police Department and to recognize those officers who “go the extra mile” to serve the citizens of Houston.

For more information on the Houston Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, please visit http://www.houstontx.gov/police/vip/vip_hcpaaa.htm.

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200 .

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