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Meet Nominee Patrol Officer Karen DeVors

By September 26, 2018 No Comments

“To help people. It’s that simple. This is a great way to do it.”
 
Meet Patrol Officer Karen DeVors from the Camden Police Department. She’s been with the Camden Police Department for a little over a year, but has spent a total of 7 years in law enforcement. Her nomination described her as “a bubbly and outgoing individual who adds her sunshine-y demeanor to a profession which can at times be very serious.” Patrol Officer DeVors shows up to any and every event in the Camden community with a smile on her face and plenty of goodies for the children. “She is a kind-hearted, loving and accepting individual who has left her mark on the hearts and minds of Camden’s community. She is a mother to not only her own children, but also to the children of this town. At any time of day or night, Patrol Officer DeVors is recognized by all, in or out of uniform.”
 
Patrol Officer DeVors is involved in her community in many different ways and goes beyond her official duties on a regular basis. From participation in community events such as Career & College Fairs, Back to School Bashes, Neighborhood Watch Meetings, and more, she helps represent the generous and kind side of law enforcement through her constant interaction with local agencies and organizations.
 
She’s made a difference in the lives of the homeless population in Camden, just through small acts of kindness that help them feel needed and wanted. “We found a pallet place not far from here, and they actually donated and said we could have as many pallets as we wanted. I mean, a lot of them have really good skills, a lot of good woodworkers.” Together, they began making cooler stands and it gave the homeless population something to look forward to. “They look forward to coming out in the morning and getting them started. We took pictures of them, recognized them, and made a big deal. That’s just that little boost that they needed.”
 
Many times, it truly is the simple ways that Patrol Officer DeVors gets involved that make the biggest impact. “Sometimes we don’t know if we did make a difference or not,” Patrol Officer DeVors said. “But sometimes they co me back to let us know, and that’s huge. For instance, this was just the other day at school for the kids’ first day. I was out complimenting the kids, giving them something good to start their day.”
 
For Halloween, the Camden Police Chief allowed Patrol Officer DeVors to do the Wonder Woman Cape, the headband, and the wristbands during the Trunk or Treat event. She was able to dress up, but still stay in uniform. “It was funny because a lot of the little girls came through and were like, ‘Oh! It’s Wonder Woman Police Officer!’ It meant so much to them. I told them, you can be more than one thing at a time if you want.”
 
She also volunteers her time by going to the Boys and Girls Club after school. “They have really cool kids, and I play cards with them. You take a little time and they get to know you.” Before she knew it, the kids were reaching out to her with their problems and wanting to talk about them, because she had taken the time to build relationships and to gain their trust.
 
Her nomination describes how much of a dedicated community officer that she is. “She travels through parks, parking lots, residential areas, and locations where homeless people sometimes gather. If she finds someone in need, she does not leave them. She stays until she can find the help that they need. I have seen her buy food and drink for citizens. If she spots someone in the heat trying to make it to the homeless shelter, she offers them a ride. If she spots someone in crisis, either medical or mental, she makes the calls to get them the help that they need. She is a stranger to nobody, and has the biggest heart in providing sincere public service.”
 
Please join us in celebrating Patrol Officer DeVors as one of our finalists for the Officer Gregory Alia Award!
 

About the Officer Gregory Alia Award
Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of her husband, Greg Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30th, 2015. This prestigious annual award is named in his honor and recognizes an outstanding officer who demonstrates a commitment to serve his/her community with respect and compassion; one who goes above the call of duty to ensure that members of the community are protected, cared for, and feel valued; one who treats all members of the community as equal and who employed their role with thoughtfulness and tact; and who through everyday interactions builds a safer community for all. The award is presented at our annual event, the Knight of Honor Gala, which will be held on September 28, 2018 in Columbia, SC.