By Valerie Shelton
Each police officer takes an oath—a vow to serve and protect civilians while enforcing the law. That is an officer’s duty, so when Detective Jeremy Edmonson received special recognition for a job well done, being named this year’s Police Officer of the Year by the Clovis Hall of Fame, he was surprised.
To Edmonson, he was just doing the job he signed on for—a job he feels his fellow Clovis officers do just as well.
“It is humbling to receive a Hall of Fame award and to be recognized by my peers,” he said. “We all come to work every day and give our best efforts to serve our community. To receive recognition for the hard work is truly an honor. I have to say that I am very fortunate to work for the Clovis Police Department and for the citizens of Clovis. This department is filled with officers that dedicate a lot of their lives to ensuring our community can feel safe. My hat is off to each one of these officers, and to other officers from different departments, for doing what they do.”
Edmonson joined the Clovis Police Department in July of 2007. His peers, who voted him Clovis Police Officer of the Year for 2014, describe him as a leader, the “busiest guy in the department,” and as an individual who is always willing to help, never saying “no” to someone even when he already has loads of work on his plate.
Law enforcement is in Edmonson’s blood. His father served as a police officer and after some consideration, Edmonson made the decision to follow the same path.
“I went to Fresno State to become a psychologist,” Edmonson said. “I was always proud of my family who was in law enforcement and when I graduated, I decided that I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and pursue a career in law enforcement. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
Coming to Clovis was another good decision Edmonson made. While he’s not originally form the community, he said he loves Clovis and is proud to serve its citizens.
“I am not from Clovis, but I did grow up in the Central Valley,” he said. “I came to the Clovis area when I attended Fresno State. I grew up in a smaller town and I like serving the community of Clovis because the town is filled with great citizens who want little more than to feel safe and enjoy their lives. My job is to make sure our citizens can enjoy that lifestyle by doing my best to remove or deal with the criminal element that preys on good people and families. The Clovis Police Department is very involved with the community, which is fun to be a part of. Our community supports us and we support them.”
As an officer in Clovis, Edmonson has gone above and beyond—running the department’s first wiretap in an investigation and teaching Defensive Tactics as well as a three-hour training course on phones and cell phones to fellow investigators, emphasizing the value of interpreting calls. He also offers training on the subject of surround and call-out tactics.
Edmonson said he enjoys training his peers in the department.
“I became a Defensive Tactics instructor in 2009,” Edmonson said. “I have always been drawn toward martial arts, which is what initially made me want to join the unit. I quickly learned that I could help fellow officers stay safe by teaching various tactics and weaponless defense. I approach training with an open mind and with knowledge of trends in law enforcement. We try to address potential hazards and problems before they occur so that our officers can approach them wisely and safely. The officers of the Clovis Police Department are very well trained professionals and I feel honored to be a part of that training.”
Although Edmonson has been distinguished as a trainer and leader in the department, he said it’s all about teamwork—everyone learns from each other.
“I look up to pretty much everyone I work with in different ways,” he said. “Everyone has something to teach to make us al better. The trick is to listen and use each day as a day to train and better yourself. Whether it is a first year officer or an officer that has been active for 30 years, we all try to learn from each other to be the best we can possibly be for our community.”