JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro police officer is being honored for being "the best of the best."
According to a post on JPD's Facebook page, Officer Erik Johnson from Trumann was honored Thursday by the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police as the 2015 Police Officer of the Year.
Johnson is a K9 officer and member of the SWAT Team at JPD.
He was nominated by Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott and Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson.
Johnson was off duty and on his way to Jonesboro from Trumann for SWAT training when he was flagged down by a woman who was being assaulted by a suspect armed with a knife.
Henson said that Johnson's quick response to the incident prevented the victim from being seriously injured or killed.
"He acted as if he was on duty and was equipped with his firearm and handcuffs to take action," Henson said. "He represented the best of the best!"
Johnson's recent work with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections Special Response Team resulted in the arrest of a parole absconder and ultimately led to the clearance of 18 burglaries in Jonesboro, according to JPD.
Johnson has been a Jonesboro police officer since 2009.
He said that officers do not do their jobs for recognition, but for the opportunity to serve the citizens, and in so doing, help make their communities the best places possible to live, work and raise a family.
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