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The Kannapolis Police Department recently held their annual service awards ceremony. Officer T. Hinton was presented with the Roger Dale Carter Memorial Service Award and Deena Chavis received the Norma C. Howard Memorial Award.

T. Hinton embodies the principles that the Roger Dale Carter Memorial Service Award is meant to represent. He has established high standards of personal conduct and his moral and ethical behavior has gained him the respect of his peers and the community he serves.

Prior to his employment with the Kannapolis Police Department in 2014, he was a Detention Officer with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for 3 years. Officer Hinton is a graduate of Gar-Field Senior High School in Dale City, Virginia. He is currently working on a college degree with a full course load. 

Roger Dale Carter is the only Kannapolis Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty. Officer Carter was shot by an assailant as Carter responded to a 911 call in 1993. Annually this award is given in his memory and presented to the police officer that possesses an exceptional reputation for personal honesty and integrity that is beyond reproach. The recipients of this award conduct their personal and professional lives in a manner that is consistent with the law enforcement code of ethics and the core values of the department, which are Excellence, Professionalism, Integrity, and Stewardship.

Deena Chavis is a graduate of Central Cabarrus High School. In 1994, she initially joined the Kannapolis Police Department as a Telecommunicator. She left for a short period of time for the medical field then rejoined the agency as a Senior Office Assistant in the Criminal Investigations Division where she continues to serve. She is extremely committed to her work and always has an enthusiastic attitude. She approaches every task with upbeat confidence and often goes out of her way to assist others whenever needed. She was recognized for her the high moral standards she exhibits in both her personal and professional life. A devoted employee, she is always courteous and eager to assist when needed.

She has been married for 17 years, has one child, Shane, and a stepdaughter, Kaci. Her father is Mike Lampton; mother, Colleen Elston; stepfather, Joe Elston, and brother, Chris Elston.

The Norma C. Howard Memorial Service Award is presented annually to a civilian police department employee that possesses the reputation for individual integrity and honor. The recipients of this award conduct their personal and professional lives in a manner that is obviously consistent with the code of ethics and the core values of the agency.

Norma Howard was the first female and first fulltime civilian employee of the Kannapolis Police Department. Her values and work ethic are honored with this award. During her tenure at the department she worked for five Chiefs and remained in contact until her death in 2001. She was instrumental in the creation of the first formal Records Management System.