Recently, Sgt. Brian Andrews of the Camp Verde Marshals Office became the recipient of a special award presented by the Grand du Arizona 40/8.
Andrews was selected over several other police officers in the state as Law Officer of the Year. This award was presented to Andrews at a special function at the American Legion Post 52 in Sierra Vista. He was accompanied, at this presentation dinner, by his wife Norma and his two children, Brian Jr. and Serenity, as well as his Marshal John Wischmeyer and his wife Cheri.
This function is referred to as "Promenade" by the 40/8. The 40/8 is affiliated with American Legion.
Andrews was selected for his outstanding service with the Camp Verde Marshal's Office and his dedicated service prior to joining the CVMO.
Andrews was born in 1963 in Seattle. He moved to Arizona with his parents at a very young age. He received an Associate Degree to Applied Science in 1984 at Mesa Community College. He became a certified Arizona peace office after graduating from the Phoenix Police Academy in 1988.
He worked as a deputy sheriff for the Maricopa Sheriff’s Office and then as a police officer for the Buckeye Police Department. Andrews joined the Camp Verde Marshal's Office in July of 1999.
In a very short time he has progressed to the rank of sergeant and is currently assigned as administrative sergeant with the responsibility of supervising the communications division, investigations, animal control as well as routine patrol duties.
Andrews spends most of his off duty time in family activities, riding horses, weight training, and big game hunting in Northern Arizona. Because of his ability to work effectively with young people, he was requested to volunteer as student counselor and instructor with the American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy.
He has served in that capacity for four years and, hopefully, next year will assume the duties as encampment commander. The yearly encampment is available to all high school ages boys and girls who may be interested in becoming police officers. This is an American Legion program and is supported by, not only the Arizona Department of Public Safety, but virtually all of the American Legion Posts in Arizona and all Arizona police agencies.
The program director is John Mulhorn, a local Camp Verde resident.