Of­fi­ceR gets na­tiOnal awaRd

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Austin po­lice Sgt. Robert Hightower was pre­sented with the Pa­triot Award by the Texas Com­mit­tee for Em­ployer Sup­port of the Guard and Re­serve.

Hightower was rec­og­nized for his work with of­fi­cer Matt Per­ritte, a U.S. Army Re­serve cap­tain. Since Per­ritte grad­u­ated from the po­lice academy last year, Hightower has en­sured that he met his mil­i­tary train­ing re­quire­ments, even when work sched­ules be­came in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing and the di­vi­sion was un­der­staffed. Hightower also worked closely with Per­ritte to plan for his de­ploy­ment to Afghanistan.

The Austin Po­lice Depart­ment has been rec­og­nized as a model for other pub­lic safety or­ga­ni­za­tions in how it takes care of its em­ploy­ees who serve in the Guard and Re­serve. The Em­ployer Sup­port of the Guard and Re­serve is a Depart­ment of De­fense agency.

Robert Hightower

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