Gonzales Motors Division Senior Officer named Officer of the Year

Contributed Report
Officer Stephen Ussery is recognized by Gonzales Chief of Police Sherman Jackson for earning the title of the Gonzales Police Department Officer of the Year.

Gonzales - On Wednesday, September 24, the St. Theresa Council of the Knights of Columbus honored a number of Ascension law enforcement personnel at their 39th Annual Law Enforcement Banquet.

We are extremely proud of the fact that all members of the Gonzales Police Department have worked hard to keep Gonzales a safe place to live and to visit. Each division creates synergy that leads to the prosperity of our community.

After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that Stephen Ussery was named as this year's Gonzales Police Department Office of the Year. Officer Ussery is the proud son of Linda and Larry Ussery. He has two sons, Grey (16) and Jack (12), along with a loving sister Larrice and girlfriend Shannon.

Officer Ussery was hired in 1998 and began as a patrolman with a big heart and a big smile. He showed a special interest in traffic enforcement safety and realized that traffic enforcement makes our roads safer, reduces crime and improves our quality of life.

In 2004, retired Gonzales Police Chief Bill Landry implemented a Motors Division where Stephen was offered the opportunity to become one of Gonzales' Finest Motor Men.

Officer Ussery, also known around the area and the department as "Superman," loves keeping Burnside along with other neighborhood streets safe. He is the Senior Officer of the Motors team with a passion for staying on Motors for the remainder of his career. In the last four years, Officer Ussery has issued over 2,200 citations and has responded to over 1,635 traffic crashes. His traffic enforcement is an effective tool that we use to reduce criminal activity and also works as a visible deterrent.

Through Officer Ussery's hard work and dedication, he has proven to be an instrumental asset to his community, his division and the entire Gonzales Police Department.