Officer Andrew Doub
The Chattanooga Police Department and the Scenic Chattanooga Optimist Club announced this year’s recipient of the “Respect for Law Officer of the Year Award” will be Chattanooga Police Department Officer Andrew Doub, #349.
Officials said, "The Respect for Law Officer of the Year Award has its roots in a program started in 1965 when former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and International Optimist Club Past International President Carl Bowen created the Respect for Law community program. The program was adopted locally because of the club’s belief that it is important for our community to recognize the many positive attributes of local law enforcement personnel who serve and protect the citizens of Chattanooga and Hamilton County.
Currently, more than 1,500 Optimist Clubs participate each year in recognizing local law enforcement officers who go above and beyond the call of duty."
Executive Chief Glenn Scruggs with the Chattanooga Police Department said, “I am thankful to Optimist Club of Chattanooga for honoring the hard work and dedication of Officer Doub. Officer Doub exemplifies the true spirit of servant leadership and he is a great example of how impactful community focused policing can be.”
William “Buster” Burton, president of the Scenic Chattanooga Optimist Club, said, “For over 20 years our Optimist Club has participated in the Optimist International Respect for Law Program. As a community, we are deeply indebted to those who choose a career of service in law enforcement. These men and women serve as the frontline of protection for all of us, and we are proud to honor them.”
Gary D. Behler, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Clerk and Chairman of the Scenic Chattanooga Optimist Club Respect for Law Program said, “It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as chairman of the Respect for Law Program for the past 22 years. The challenges faced by our men and women in law enforcement are clearly reflected on a daily basis in our media, both traditional and social. Every citizen of our community owes these public servants a tremendous debt of gratitude for the service they provide and for their willingness to place their lives on the line each and every day.”
Officer Doub will be honored on Friday at noon at State of Confusion, 301 East Main St.