By David Madden
CAMDEN, N.J., (CBS) — The Camden County police department took time out to honor several members of the force for performance above and beyond the call of duty.
The force itself may only be two and a half years old, replacing the old Camden City department. But they hold this ceremony every three months, in part, to instill not only the continuing sense of change within the ranks but pride as well.
Take Detective Prince Reed, who took a bullet in the arm while confronting a suspect on the street this summer. His alleged assailant was taken into custody a day and a half later and he has since fully recovered. “I like to stay very humble in day to day policing and knowing that the department has your back is very honorable,” Reed told KYW Newsradio.
He was promoted to Detective after the incident.
In all some 80 awards were handed out covering everything from dramatic incidents like Reed’s to efforts aimed at enhancing engagement with people on the street.