Club Taps Top Cops

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Each year during Crime Prevention Month, the Meridian Exchange Club honors Lauderdale County law enforcement by recognizing the Meridian Police Officer of the Year, the Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year and the Lauderdale County Deputy of the Year from each agency.

"They're out there to protect and serve the public," said Dennis Harper of the Meridian Exchange Club. "We're trying to pat them on the back."

Lauderdale County Deputy Chris Swanner, Meridian Police Department Corporal Travis Ruffin and Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Davis were awarded the Raymond P. Davis Crime Prevention Award for their hard work and dedication to a difficult, dangerous and sometimes thankless job.