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Iowa City officer honored

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- A member of Iowa City's "thin blue line" has been honored for his work with the department.

Officer Dennis Kelly, who started with Iowa City on September 7, 2005, was given the 2009 Richard W. "Dick" Lee Award at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

The award was started in 1999 by several retired Iowa City officers in honor of Captain Dick Lee who served the department from July 1, 1950 until his retirement on July 16, 1982.

The criteria for the award include professionalism, compassion for citizens and other officers, unique and effective ways of accomplishing objectives, and a demonstration of a specific action or program exemplifying these criteria.

Officer Kelly received the award because of his outstanding work ethic and his willingness to assist his co-workers. 

Kelly also treats others with respect and is compassionate when dealing with victims of crimes and those less fortunate.

The department also says that Kelly presents himself in a professional manner and represents the department and the entire Iowa City community in a way that reflects the high standards set for Iowa City officers.

Officer Kelly received a framed certificate and a silver award bar for his uniform.

His name will also be added to the Richard W. "Dick" Lee Award plaque on permanent display at the Iowa City Police Department.

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