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UW Police Officer Receives Distinguished Award

December 7, 2009
UW Police Office Ashlynne Nutter was given the highest honor awarded in her law enforcement academy class.

A University of Wyoming police officer received the highest award given to a student by the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas.

UW Officer Ashlynne Nutter was recognized as the top student in her Basic Class, exemplifying all the attributes of a professional officer and performing exceptionally well in all phases of training.

"It was a surprise, and it's a great honor because the other cadets in my class worked really hard as well," says Nutter. "It meant a great deal because the instructors made the nominations and recommendations."

She plans to use the $500 scholarship that accompanied the award to continue her training in custody and control and special assaults training.

"To be eligible for this award, a student must be nominated by a member of the Academy instructional staff," says UW Chief of Police, Troy Lane. "It is not a popularity contest -- it is an honor just to be nominated."

Nutter graduated from UW in 2009 with a criminal justice degree. She worked part-time for the UW Police Department for three years before graduating.

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