POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Rotary Club’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner will once again honor local officers, their families and feature a special speaker.
The dinner is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Trinity United Methodist Church Community Center.
Each local officer and his family are invited to attend the event for a free dinner and to celebrate in the Officer of the Year Award that will be presented that evening. All law enforcement officers from either their own department or another department within Mason County can nominate one or more officers for the award.
This year’s special speaker is Jim Mitchell, the Academy Staff Wellness Officer and director of chaplaincy for the West Virginia State Police.
From Raleigh County, he is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and Marshall University, continuing his education through Liberty University and Gateway Christian College. He started in ministry in 1985 and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a military police officer in 1989. He’s a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and had worked at the U.S. Department of State as diplomatic security in 1991-92.
He also served on the Beckley Police Department before leaving for the W.Va. State Police. He has worked as a trooper in Nicholas, Raleigh, Mercer, McDowell and Kanawha counties.
Mitchell is a Baptist by faith and has served actively in ministry roles in the church including youth pastor, minister of music and pastor for 25 years. In 2009, he founded LEAF Ministries (Law Enforcement Aid and Fellowship Ministries), a ministry for law enforcement by law enforcement. He is currently involved in law enforcement Bible studies, fellowship meetings and evangelism. He lives near Mount Hope with his wife, Kim, and their two children, Fayth and Grace.
As for the Officer of the Year Award, qualifications include: Recognition of an exceptional act, achievements and/or meritorious service that exceed the normal expectations of job performance including, but not limited to, acts of personal heroism, crime prevention, detective work, community relations, juvenile programs, traffic safety, and/or innovative approaches to public service.
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