Sgt. Daniel Perry has been awarded the Van Buren Police Department’s officer of the quarter award.

Perry, supervisor of the department’s criminal investigation division, is the first recipient of the award created in 2018 by Police Chief Jamie Hammond.

Hammond said Perry received the award for “his exceptional performance of duty in accomplishing his law enforcement task.”

Perry has been employed with the Van Buren Police Department for 22 years. He is a 1985 graduate of Magnolia High School and has been on the board of directors at the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren for the past 16 years, serving as board president on two occasions.

Perry and his wife Michelle have eight children.

“Daniel is a dedicated officer who goes above and beyond what is asked of him to solve cases,” Lt. Steve Weaver said in announcing the department’s sixth highest award.

The award points out Perry “consistently exhibits an all out personal effort.”

It notes the detective also acts as the department liaison with the Crawford County Drug Task Force, and since Jan. 1 has made more than a dozen undercover drug buys as well as firearms purchases.

“Day-to-day, Sgt. Perry not only supervises other investigators, but works alongside them to help in addition to working his own cases,” the citation states.

It says Perry is highly motivated and a hard worker.

“The majority of his cases are closed with arrests being made or warrants being issued,” the award states. “His tenacity and work ethic produced a performance nothing short of exemplary for the first quarter of the year.”