BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Battle Creek Police Department honored several of its officers during their annual Police Memorial and Awards Ceremony held May 23.
The ceremony began by remembering and honoring the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, while serving their community in the line of duty. This moment of reflection is reserved for both past, local losses, as well as those across the country from the past year.
As the first ceremony since the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many awards and recognitions to share with officers, as well as their loved ones attending. In total, BCPD recognized the actions of officers in 32 different scenarios that merited awards with honors including those for bravery, lifesaving, professional excellence, and certificates and letters of commendation.
For a complete list of the awards and recognitions given by BCPD, view the BCPD Complete List of Awards and Recognitions attachment.
The highest honor awarded during the annual ceremony is the Battle Creek Police Officer of the Year award. This year’s Officer of the Year was awarded to Corporal Kristopher M. Brown, Jr.
Brown has served with the BCPD for 13 years. He first entered Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s police academy in 2010, after realizing his interest in law enforcement. He was later hired by BCPD in 2010 as a road patrol officer and was promoted to the rank of corporal in 2017.
During his time with BCPD, as both an officer and corporal, Brown has served as an Emergency Vehicle Operations instructor, a hostage negotiator for the Emergency Response Team, a training officer, a board member and an instructor for the Police Explorer Program, a CIT officer, and as one of the newest members of the department’s Honor Guard. To date, he has received eight Unit Citations, three Professional Excellence Citations, one Lifesaving Citation, and he was BCPD’s Officer of the Month for October 2019 and February 2022.
Brown is currently serving the Battle Creek community as one of the officers of the newly formed Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) program. The main objective of this program is to build relationships and help to solve problems. COPS officers will be able to help address their neighborhood’s concerns relating to crime, disorder, and other quality of life issues. Brown has been assigned to Neighborhood Planning Council 9, which covers the rural southwest area of the city.
For more information about Corporal Brown in his new capacity as a COPS officer, check out his video introduction from this year’s National Police Week here, youtu.be/NCFnTgRvWmM. To view Brown’s remarks upon receiving the Officer of the Year award visit, youtu.be/2K-lUKjVzvE.
To watch highlights from the 2023 Police Memorial and Awards Ceremony visit, youtu.be/HjnE-6NPpHQ.
BCPD Complete List of Awards and Recognitions (PDF)
Photo 1: BCPD Interim Chief Shannon Bagley gives opening remarks during the 2023 Police Memorial and Awards Ceremony.
Photo 2: Battle Creek Mayor Mark Behnke shares remarks on behalf of the City Commission during the 2023 Police Memorial and Awards Ceremony.
Photo 3: BCPD Corporal Kris Brown gives a speech after being named the 2023 Officer of the Year during the 2023 Police Memorial and Awards Ceremony.
Photo 4: BCPD Interim Chief Shannon Bagley thanks BCPD’s Sharon Williams for all her hard work and efforts in organizing the Police Memorial and Awards Ceremony, a duty she’s held for many years.