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Granville County Crime Stoppers holds annual banquet

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CREEDMOOR — Granville County Crime Stoppers hosted its Fourth Annual Banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The event was held at the First Baptist Church in Creedmoor to recognize and to show support for local law enforcement officers all across the county. Personnel from all Granville County law enforcement agencies including the Creedmoor, Oxford, Stem, and Stovall police departments, Granville County Sheriff’s Department, and Butner Public Safety were honored by Granville County Crime Stoppers for their commitment and dedication to serving and protecting the citizens and visitors to Granville County.

Awards were given to businesses and individuals who were instrumental in helping Crime Stoppers achieve their goal of making our communities a safer place to live.

Creedmoor Police Chief Keith King recognized police officer Ben Coleman as the Creedmoor Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. When asked why Coleman was nominated for this honor, Chief King stated, “Each year we have a very difficult time deciding which officer to put forward for this honor, because we are privileged to have such a fantastic team. Officer Coleman comes to work each and every day with one mission: Make our streets safer. Not only does his hard work stop crime, it also saves lives.”

Others recognized as Law Enforcement Officers of the Year:

• Butner Public Safety — Nathaniel Tyler Davis IV

• Granville County Sheriff’s Office — Sharon Johnson, 911 telecommunicator

• Oxford Police Department — Cpl. Clarence Andre Threatt

• Stem Police Department — Keith Campbell

• Stovall Police Department — Daniel Tillotson

The Jim and Nancy Smith Citizenship Award was given to Rev. David Richardson. Patsy Milton was named Crime Stoppers Board Member of the Year. Old South Restaurant earned the Local Business Partnership Recognition award. John Snow, CEO with Granville Health System, was selected for Corporate Partnership Recognition.

The special guest and keynote speaker was Superior Court Judge John Dunlowe. The former attorney, who now sits on the bench, has extensive knowledge of the role of law enforcement in the criminal justice system.

This year’s event was opened by the presentation of colors, courtesy of the Sheriff’s Honor Guard and the singing of the National Anthem by the chorus of one of Granville County’s Public Schools. The meal, served by local volunteers, consisted of barbecue chicken, two sides, bread, dessert and beverages.

Approximately 280 people attended the banquet.

Granville County Crime Stoppers is comprised of members of the community, the media, law enforcement agencies and businesses that work together to help solve crimes. Citizens are encouraged, via cash rewards and a promise of anonymity, to provide information leading to the arrest and indictment of criminals.

“It’s invaluable to our team to have the support of the community, and organizations like Granville County Crime Stoppers to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the people we serve and protect,” King said. “We are grateful for their support and look forward to this banquet every year.”

For more information about Crime Stoppers visit the Granville County Sheriff’s Department website at or to provide an anonymous tip call 919-693-3100.