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Alexandria Police Officers Receive Medal for Helping Participants in Drug Treatment Program

Alexandria Police Officers Shakita Warren and Bennie Evans (second and third from left) received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (Photo courtesy City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Alexandria Police Officers Bennie Evans and Shakita Warren received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal from the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). The two were honored because of their dedication to participants of the Alexandria Treatment Court (ATC) – offering support, encouragement, and guidance to see that people complete the program successfully.

Launched nearly two years ago, ATC exists to help those diagnosed with substance use disorders charged with non-violent offenses. It offers an avenue to treatment and recovery, as well as the opportunity to have charges reduced or dismissed.

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In Feb., the program celebrated its first graduate.

The Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, according to the SAR website, “is presented to those who have served with distinction and devotion in the field of law enforcement. The medal is intended to recognize exceptional service or accomplishment in the field of law enforcement ”

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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