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Local deputy named officer of the year

Posted: Friday, Aug 30th, 2013

Members of American Legion Post 41 present Uinta County Sheriff’s Deputy Brooke Hale with the Law Enforcement of the Year award. Hale is a 15-year veteran with the sheriff’s department and was recently honored for her professional demeanor, desire to help and tenacity, among other things. Pictured are Uinta County Sheriff Lou Napoli, retired deputy Frank Spero, Deputy Brooke Hale and retired deputy Dick Burchell. (Photo courtesy Brandon Nelson/Uinta County Sheriff’s Office)

EVANSTON – Deputy Brooke Hale of the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office was unaware she’d even been nominated for a prestigious award.

Lt. Tom Saprony recommended Hale as this year’s law enforcement officer of the year, an award presented annually by the American Legion Post 41.

Saprony said Hale is an “excellent addition to our agency” and the law enforcement community.

Hale has been an officer with the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office since 1997, spending 12 years in the office, before spending over three years as a patrol officer.

“It was a huge surprise,” Hale said. “I knew nothing about it until last week. It was a huge honor.”

Saprony, in his nomination letter, cited a case in which Hale took it upon herself to assist in an investigation in March 2011 involving four burglaries.

Hale requested and reviewed surveillance video at a business neighboring the location of the latest victim. She found the key piece of evidence that showed the suspect breaking into a vehicle and identified the perpetrator’s vehicle. The evidence Hale obtained led to the suspect’s arrest, but not without incident.

Officers located the suspect at home, in Sweetwater County where an 18-hour standoff ended with a SWAT team entering the residence and capturing the suspect.

Later, the suspect confessed to several larcenies and burglaries spanning a period of several years. Authorities also recovered three dozen firearms and other valuable items that had been stolen.

“Deputy Hale’s diligence and professional thought process was essential to bringing this criminal to justice and protecting our citizens from further injury,” Saprony wrote in the nomination letter.

“It was really exciting to be involved in that whole process, in everything from the beginning to the conclusion,” Hale said.

Saprony said Hale’s recognition is well deserved.

“Brooke’s professional demeanor, communications skills, desire to help, and attention to detail comprise her sterling character traits,” Saprony stated in his award recommendation. “She is tenacious and driven in pursuing her cases.”

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