Meet our third finalist for the 4th Annual Officer Gregory Alia Award, Officer Jen Klinsic of the Town of Lexington Police Department. Officer Klinsic was described in her nomination as someone who constantly seeks ways to build bridges with community, whether baking cupcakes with youth in a local affordable housing community, hosting community wide events, visiting the elderly, and so much more.
What is the key to connecting with community?: Simply understanding where people are coming from. Once you understand and listen to where they are coming from, it helps you understand how to help them better, and it builds trust and rapport and being a good listener can make all the difference in that situation.
What does Together We Are Better mean to you?: Law enforcement cannot efficiently and effectively maintain a safe environment without support and assistance from the community. Residents of Lexington help the department in crime detection and prevention in several ways via crime watches, neighborhood safety days, and responses to social media pleas on wanted persons. LPD is a community oriented department BECAUSE of the great relationship established with the community.
What have you learned about your community through your work? What has surprised you?: I truly believe that we have the best community. I have been in 4 departments in two different states and I have never met a more supportive community that truly wants to help each other. We get emails all the time about people wanting to help out and asking to volunteer and its really amazing to see a community so passionate about helping their officers.
Join us in congratulating Officer Klinsic for her nomination and for being named a finalist!
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 27, 2019 in Columbia, SC.