2017 Officer of the Year

Corporal Shonda Jackson has been a police officer with the Ozark Police Department since 1997. She is an Ozark native, graduating from Ozark High School in 1991.  Corporal Jackson attended Evangel College from which she graduated in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  She then attended the Drury Law Enforcement Academy to obtain her Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification in pursuit of a career in law enforcement.

Since joining the Ozark Police Department, Corporal Jackson has continued her training to obtain other certifications to aid in the training of new recruits as well as to better serve the community.  Corporal Jackson is currently a field training officer; a bike patrol officer; and a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) officer, which includes specialized training to assist persons suffering from mental illness.

Throughout Corporal Jackson’s entire twenty-year career, whether it is during “Cops for Kids”, delivering meals over the holiday’s during “Operation Hope” and “Operation Giving” or simply covering a shift due to a shortage, Corporal Jackson can be relied upon to be a valuable asset to the Ozark Police Department. She provides an unwavering support to the Ozark Police Department and the citizens we serve.  She comes to work each day, stays busy and displays a high degree of work ethic while performing her duties. She undoubtedly sets the standard for others to emulate and she is a key component to our organization’s success.