The Oregon-Brooklyn Optimist Club recognized Kyle Schewe as the Officer of the Year.

Fellow officers of the Oregon Police Department nominated Schewe for the award. Schewe’s family, fellow officers and supervisors attended the award ceremony June 1 to show their support and appreciation for his service to the community, said Lt. Jennifer Pagenkopf.

“My experiences with officer Schewe have always been that he wants to learn, will help out in any way and works hard,” she said.

Schewe first got involved with the OPD through the Explorer Program. He was hired as a police officer with the department on March 3, 2015, and he became the school resource officer on Aug. 29, 2016. He also leads the Shop with the Cop program, assists with Safety Camp and is an Explorer adviser, who mentors cadets and puts in many hours to make the program “fun” and “meaningful,” according to one of the nominations.

Other officers described Schewe as patient, kind and professional with an upbeat attitude. In their nominations they said he is willing to listen to feedback from the school and parents and make improvements to his position as needed, and he “will go the extra mile for the students, staff, officers and citizens.” They also said Schewe is a “model officer” who “leads by example” and is “always willing to assist another officer.”

– Samantha Christian