Officer and Dispatcher of the Year

An Officer and Dispatcher of the Year are honored each year as part of the Paris Police Department’s observance of National Peace Officers Memorial Day.



Employee of the Year for 2018



Reed was introduced by Capt. John Brewer, who said he was “just a beacon of positivity.”

Reed is a native of Henry County and graduated from HCHS in 1992. After graduation he served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, before he returned home to serve his community. Reed joined PPD in November 1999 and was promoted to sergeant in July 2010 and then was promoted to lieutenant in July 2016. Reed received the Officer of the Year award in 2009.

Brewer said that since Reed served in the Marine he has had plenty of experience handling different weapons and has served as an instructor in the department. Reed has served as the departments firearms instructor since 2004. He has also served as taser instructor since 2009 and as the chemical weapons instructor since 2008.

Reed has been married to his wife, Carrie, for 17 years, and they have two daughters, Emily and Abigail.



Kelvin Redditt, dispatch supervisor, presented Lisa Kate “Katie” Braham with the 2018 Dispatcher of the Year award.

Braham was born and raise in Henry County and she is the daughter of Violet Roberts. She attended Henry School and Henry County High School.

She is married to Zack Braham, and they have two children, Carson and Isabella.

She is actively involved in her children’s lives from volunteering in baseball and softball to being the treasurer of the Harrelson School Parent Teacher Organization.

Braham has been a dispatcher since 2017 and during the application process for dispatcher, she listed her character traits as responsible, patient, calm and respect.

“I have enjoyed every minute of being a dispatcher,” said Braham.

The ceremony came during National Police Week. Peace Officers Memorial day was held on Monday, and they also acknowledged all of the 911 dispatch telecommunicators at Wednesday’s ceremony.



Employee of the Year for 2017


Patrolman Jeff Smith, Officer of the Year for 2016


Officer Smith has 14 years of experience in law enforcement, serving eight of those years with the PPD.  He joined the Paris department on June 12, 2008.  Prior to that he served two years as an officer with the Stewart County Sheriff’s Department, two years with the Dover Police Department and two years with the Clarksville Police Department.



911 Dispatcher Lynn Steffes named 2016 Dispatcher of the Year


Lynn Steffes is a Henry County High School graduate with a background in nursing.  After obtaining her nursing degree from Union University, she entered the health care profession as a registered nurse and subsequently working in the home health care field.  She joined the PPD as a dispatcher on June 28, 2011.



Employee of the Year for 2015



2015 Recognitions
Officer of the Year Lt. Ricky Watson; Award of Courage to Canine Ptl. Jamie James; and Dispatcher of the Year Kelvin Redditt


Employee of the Year for 2014

Josh Frey

2014 Officer of the Year  Lt. Josh Frey

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2014 Dispatcher of the Year Mark Rudy