Photo/Story Gallery 2007
Trooper Named Officer of the Year
Corporal Ben Glass, Troop A-Crestview District, was recently honored as Okaloosa County Officer of the Year (co-recipient with Fish and Wildlife Officer Shelby Williams) for his overall contributions to law enforcement and the citizens of Okaloosa County.
Pictured, Lieutenant Ken Salter, Corporal Ben Glass (center), and Commissioner Sherry Campbell gather as Cpl. Glass is named Okaloosa County Officer of the Year.
In addition to his regular duties as a member of the Florida Highway Patrol, Corporal Ben Glass serves as an FHP Recruiter. He is one of five full-time Recruiters throughout the state who has the responsibility to identify quality applicants for employment and guide them through the application process. Corporal Glass’s assigned territory covers the area from Pensacola to Jacksonville. He is also assigned recruiting responsibilities out-of-state that require him to spend a considerable amount of time away from his family at job fairs, colleges, and military bases to seek and meet with potential applicants. He has been instrumental in setting up on-site applicant testing at the United States Marine Corp’s Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, which has saved a considerable amount of time in the hiring process and cut travel expenses for the applicants. Being a recruiter requires a tremendous amount of flexibility and personal initiative. Corporal Glass has always excelled in these areas.
Locally, Corporal Glass visits colleges and speaks to individuals about choosing a career with the Patrol. When not performing recruiting duties, he patrols Okaloosa and Walton Counties supporting the Patrol’s highway safety efforts through proactive enforcement. He also serves the Crestview District as a firearms instructor and as a Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, one of only 48 on the Patrol statewide.
Traditionally, FHP members serving in specialty positions such as Recruiters are not recognized for their efforts. However, these persons are an important and essential part of every law enforcement agency. Finding qualified officers to fill the ranks of the Patrol is a difficult challenge, but one that Corporal Glass readily accepts. It is impossible to try and determine how many lives he has affected by his efforts or predict how many he will continue to affect during the rest of his career, but it is not difficult to celebrate the fact that he has made a significant positive impact in his community.