“It really caught me by surprise. I was very appreciative of the honor,” Green said. Green works in the traffic division of the LPD, which has only four officers and no designated supervisor, which is generally filled by a sergeant. To keep the division running smoothly, all the officers have had to pick up responsibilities that they may not have had otherwise.
Without a supervisor, Green said he’s been taking on the responsibilities of a sergeant, but without the pay that comes with that position. Instead of complaining, he’s working hard to make sure everything runs smoothly and that citizens have all their questions and concerns answered.
“You can’t really praise everybody because a lot of things go unnoticed,” Green said. One of the four officers in the traffic division is being put back on patrol when a patrolman departs for Afghanistan this year. Green said that will leave the division with only three officers, but that means he will only work harder to do his job as best he can.
“The people they have on traffic, they know they can depend and count on us,” Green said. The division hasn’t had more officers hired because of budget crunches in the city, and Green said he understands those concerns. He said the people of Lebanon and elected officials know the traffic officers are capable of handling the extra responsibilities. “I want to be a dependable person, not just another officer,” Green said.
Green said that traffic issues are on the rise due to growth throughout the city, but added he and the other officers in that division work diligently to make sure they don’t overlook any questions or concerns from citizens.
The Officer of the Year is chosen by Green’s peers, and he said he was especially appreciative of the support that he received from his fellow officers. Green said a good pat on the back and a hand shake go a long way.
“It’s a great feeling to have support from the people here at work and at home with my wife and stepson,” Green said.
LPD Lt. Brent Willett said the selection is a big honor for an officer as it is made by the men and women on the police force. “They selected Steve Green. He’s well deserving of it,” Willett said.
Green is a graduate of Lebanon’s Cumberland University where he was a two-time NAIA All-America baseball player.
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