2016 Officer of the Year

In 2009, Officer Ben Wilson began his law enforcement career by serving the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office as a police dispatcher in his hometown of Waynesville, Missouri.  He served with the Sheriff’s Office for approximately three years before attending the Drury University Law Enforcement Academy in 2012.

Upon graduation of the police academy, Officer Wilson was employed by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, and was assigned to their detention center.  He was tasked with ensuring the safety and confinement of those incarcerated.  After one year of service and gaining invaluable experience, he was hired as an Ozark Police Officer.

After serving the Ozark Police Department for approximately two years, Officer Wilson was selected for the position of K9 handler.  As a K9 handler, he and his Police Service Dog, “Bump”, assist Ozark officers and surrounding agencies in their search for illicit controlled substances. Officer Wilson and K9 Bump also attend various community events, and regularly perform K9 demonstrations for both children and adult audiences.

Officer Wilson also enjoys fulfilling several additional roles within the police department.  Officer Wilson is one of our department’s recruiters and represents the department at police academies across the state in search of the most qualified police candidates. He is also a police instructor, teaching both search and seizure, and krav maga defensive tactics in the Ozark Police Department’s in-house training academy

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