(Seguin) -- The efforts of Seguin Police Chief Kevin Kelso and his commitment to work toward a safe and drug free community have earned him international recognition.
The city of Seguin is excited to announce that Chief Kelso has been selected to receive the 2014 D.A.R.E. Drug Enforcement Administration Law Enforcement Executive of the Year award. The award, given annually, recognizes the efforts of a law enforcement executive and his or her department for their continuing support of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
Seguin Police Chief Kevin Kelso has been selected to receive the 2014 D.A.R.E. Drug Enforcement Administration Law Enforcement Executive of the Year award. The award will be presented July 8 at the 27th Annual D.A.R.E. America International Training Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Courtesy photo.
Although it can be tough for departments to financially maintain the program, Kelso believes the program is important for any community.
"I was very humbled, knowing that I had been nominated and of course extremely surprised being an international award after finding out being selected for the position. D.A.R.E. is very important to our agency and to what our mission is. We take that very seriously. We spend a great amount of time with our kids in classes and different events that we hold like the Cops N' Kids and things of that nature to try to impact the importance of being drug free," said Kelso.
From fundraising to shaking the hand of each program graduate, Chief Kelso is described as being involved with every aspect of the Seguin Police Department's D.A.R.E. program. According to city officials, he takes a hands-on role in organizing all of the department's D.A.R.E. events, including the Halloween Safe House, Blue Santa program, Cops and Kids Picnic, Cinderella Ball and Red Ribbon Week. They say not only does Chief Kelso ensure the events to be successful through the planning stages but he also volunteers at each.
Kelso says drug possession, distribution and usage is one of the major focal points in eradicating other types of crimes, both violent and property. He says the agency is simply dedicated to serving the public to the best of its abilities."
"It was an individual award, but this award does not come to fruition without the team that we have here -- the hard work that our employees put forth every day. Their level of dedication I think is unsurpassable. I'm very proud and this award would not have come to fruition without them," said Kelso.
Seguin City Manager Doug Faseler says the city applauds the success achieved by Chief Kelso.
“The Seguin Police Department D.A.R.E. program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year,” said Faseler. “Chief Kelso’s involvement over the past five years has provided significant momentum for the program to continue to positively impact the lives of children for many years to come.”
Kelso has been with the Seguin Police Department for five years. He is credited with immediately introducing the Smart Policing Initiative to the department, which city officials say has helped lead to a steady and significant decline in crime. In 2013, the Seguin Police Department became the 76th department in Texas to become a Recognized Law Enforcement Agency by the Texas Police Chiefs Association.
Chief Kelso will officially be presented the award July 8 at the 27th Annual D.A.R.E. America International Training Conference in Grapevine, Texas.