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Posted on: February 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] LEPD Honors Officers at Annual Banquet


The Little Elm Police Department held its annual Officer Awards Banquet on Friday, January 31, 2020. The banquet is an important event for the Department and is a night filled with recognition of team members for their contributions to the Department and the stakeholders of Little Elm. 

The Department would like to thank the members of the Town Council that attended, Curtis Cornelious and his wife, Charlet; Nick Musteen and his wife, Angela; Tony Singh and his wife Crystal; Lisa Norman and her husband, Chip; and, Mayor David Hillock and his wife, Amy. 

The Town’s Public Safety Director, Joseph Florentino, and its Town Manager, Matt Mueller, were also in attendance. The Department’s Chaplain, Josh Youngblood, was also present. Ken Eaken, alumni of the LEPD Citizens Police Academy and member of the Citizens on Patrol, donated his talents as the announcer for the ceremony.

The newly-formed LEPD Auxiliary took a few minutes to introduce themselves and their mission. Their Board of Directors, Candi Ward, Ashly Dye, Patty Rossmann, Katherine Gonzalez, Tammla Lowrey, Dorothy Loney, and Madeline Ginn are the force behind the project to encourage memberships and form a support system for their family members that wear the badge in our community. If you are interested in finding out more, visit


The Banquet Committee solicited donations from local and surrounding businesses to use as door prizes for the event. Each member of LEPD goes home with something sponsored by a business. This year, the event had an incredible response from these vendors that truly BACK THE BLUE. The Department extends a heartfelt thank you for the community’s generosity and support. 

LEPD recognized the following in their respective categories for 2019:

Back the Blue, Town Employees:

David Sagan

Aaron Strickland

Back the Blue, Businesses:

Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds

Trinity innovative Solutions

2019 Volunteers of the Year:

John Couzelis

Mike Wooten

5 Years of Service:

Officer Barron

Officer Daigle

Officer de la Torre

Officer Holliefield

Sgt. Dye

Sgt. Gonzalez

10 Years of Service:

Lt. Barfknecht

Lt. Maxie

15 Years of Service:

Sgt. Samples

Awards for Achievement in Education and Certifications:

Bachelor’s Education:

Cadet Fislar

Basic Instructor:

Officer Conner

Sgt. Lescallett

Sgt. Shirley

Firearms Instructor:

Det. Scott

Field Training Officers:

Corp. Burrell

Corp. Lowrey

Corp.  Payeur

Hostage Negotiators Team:

Det. Lara

Corp. Lowrey

Marine Safety Certification:

Officer Beck

Sgt. Lescallett

Det. Moyer

Officer Salomon

Officer Willis

Mental Health Peace Officer Certification:

Officer Ginn

Corp. Kinney

Corp. Lowrey

Corp. Payeur

School Resource Officer Achievement:

Officer Ramirez

Most Valuable Performers:

Team A, Officer Bartlett

Team B, Officer Ginn

Team C, Officer Jones

Team D, Officer McKinney

Criminal Investigations Division, Det. Keith

Traffic Unit, Officer Slocumb

School Resource Officer, Officer Holliefield

Detention Division, Detention Officer, Sandy Kennington

Peace Officer Certifications:

Intermediate, Officer Cueva

Intermediate, Officer Robinson

Intermediate, Sgt. Shirley

Advanced, Sgt. Hinojosa

Master, Sgt. Nordman

2019 Supervisor of the Year:

Sgt. Lescallett

2019 Officer of the Year:

Officer Ginn

2019 Participating Businesses include: 

Little Elm Lakeview Indian Community

Academy, Frisco

Little Elm Eye Care

Arte Dental

Lowe’s, Little Elm


Ezee Cosmetics

Building Up Beautiful, Nicole Scott

Camping World, Denton

Chick-Fil-A, Cross Roads, TX

Nebraska Furniture, The Colony

Cottonwood Creek Marina, L.E.


Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Mavericks

Defender, Aubrey

Discount Tire, Little Elm

Dorothy Loney, Texas Health

FC Dallas


Firehouse 52, Aubrey


Firstline Prowear, Flower Mound

The Trails of Frisco Golf Club

Fossil Pointe

U.S. Gun Totes


Hobby Lobby, Little Elm

Hollywood Feed

Home Depot, Frisco

Hula Hut

In Fretta

Still on the Corner, Gainesville

1 Hour Escape / Denton

McKinney Dodge

Little Elm Police Officer’s Association

Jessica Jones, RE/MAX Prestige

L & W’s Towing

Lakeside Dental

Allegiant Rifle Works

Kroger, Little Elm

AutoZone, Little Elm

Main Event, Frisco

Millennium Smiles

MTM Recognition

Neatherly Estates (Bed & Breakfast


New Era Dental

Nicole Sun Photography

Cabela’s, Allen, TX

Old American Golf

Outlaw Bootcamp

Pam Denison

O’Reilly’s, Little Elm

Rough Riders Baseball

Rustic Furniture, Crossroads

Towers Taphouse

Cinemark, Frisco

Red Door Escape Rooms, Plano

Stewart Peninsula, The Colony

Flix Brewhouse, Little Elm

The Tribute Golf Club

Towers Taphouse

Frisco Gun Club

Walmart, Frisco

Water’s Edge

Zip It Postal

Mattress Guys



Billy Bob’s Texas

Prairie House

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