Jackson Officer Recognized with Award
The Jackson Police Department would like to congratulate Police Officer Michael Kelly on being awarded the Kimberly Smith Ames D.W.I. Prevention Award by the Ocean County Traffic Safety Officers Association at a ceremony this afternoon.
Officer Kelly was nominated for this recognition by Police Officers Trevor Crowley and Brad Reider, of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit.
Officer Kelly is assigned as a patrol officer on the department’s afternoon patrol shift and is also a certified drug recognition expert (D.R.E.). In 2016 he has made 11 driving while intoxicated arrests and has been involved in 26 D.R.E. investigations. Officer Kelly is also involved in working in the courts to prosecute D.W.I. cases involving narcotics as well as training officers in DWI and DRE investigations. In addition to training officers at JPD, he has been involved in training officers at other agencies such as the Lakewood Police Department and the Delaware State Police.
The purpose of this award is to increase public awareness of the commitment and determination put forward by dedicated police officers within Ocean County towards the education and prevention of Driving While Intoxicated offenses and acknowledging officers who have demonstrated such commitment to this fight. The Ocean County Police Traffic Safety Association hopes to share and recognize successful department programs developed to reduce D.W.I. related offenses and crashes with the public as well. The award has been created to honor the life and memory of Kimberly Smith Ames by her parents, Ed and Carol Smith. On October 7, 1998, an extremely reckless drunk driver in Beachwood, NJ tragically killed Kimberly Smith-Ames. The crash not only took the life of 23-year-old Kimberly, but her unborn child as well.