Panama City Police Department recognizes officers and staff

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Panama City Police Department honored staff and officers for their hard work and help with recovery efforts during a ceremony Thursday.

Police officers were recognized and promoted during a special ceremony. (WJHG/WECP)

The police department handed out several awards including Officer of the Year, Employee of the Year and more.

Chief Scott Ervin said this is an opportunity to acknowledge people who stepped up and donated food, toiletries, and services to first responders in the first few weeks after Hurricane Michael.

“We not only had to respond but we also had to deal with our own tragedies. Just seeing them persevere under that type of stress shows me that we got the right type of people for the job," said Ervin.

Officers were also promoted during the ceremony. Chief Irvin said he’s confident that his team is prepared for any other natural disasters.

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