2019 Officer of the Year

Officer Taylor Wheeler

Patrolman- Field Services Division

Officer Taylor Wheeler joined the Ozark Police Department in February 2018. Prior to joining the Ozark Police Department, Taylor worked for the Missouri State Highway Patrol for approximately one year. Taylor is a dedicated problem solver for the Ozark Police Department, he has a passion to be involved with and connected to the Ozark community. Becoming a police officer has been a life-long dream for Taylor and he is excited to work in a community where the work he does makes a difference.

Officer Wheeler graduated from Clever High School in 2010. Officer Wheeler possesses an Associate of Arts degree from Ozarks Technical Community College and few credits away from completing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Throughout 2019, and his career with the Ozark Police Department, Taylor has demonstrated exemplary performance and work ethic, he sets the standard to be emulated by other officers. Taylor is always professional, polite and pleasant to be around.

In 2019, Taylor received a Unit Commendation for his actions in responding to an accident involving a tanker truck carrying hazardous materials, a Life Saving Award for administering medical aid to an individual and a Chiefs Award for volunteering his personal time to help an elderly resident. Additionally, this past year Taylor successfully obtained certifications as a defensive tactics instructor and a certified Bike Patrol Officer. Taylor assisted in the Ozark Police Department’s Cops for Kids and many other outreach programs and community engagements.

In May 2020, Taylor transferred to the Ozark Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit as a Detective.

Wheeler Officer of Year