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3 Shelby officers earn DUI honors

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Officers from Shelby County’s three police agencies were recognized earlier this month at a ceremony in Louisville with the 2013 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Award.

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Shelbyville Police officer Brian Beeler made 21 DUI arrests, Shelby County Sheriff’s Officer Riley Kennedy made 19 arrests, and Simpsonville Police Officer Tim Hurt made 9 arrests.

Those arrests were made from October 2012 to September 2013.

The ceremony honored 206 officers from 174 police agencies throughout Kentucky for exceptional efforts in removing impaired drivers from the roadways.

Beeler, originally from Michigan, joined Shelbyville PD in 2012; Hurt joined Simpsonville PD last year, after leaving Shelbyville PD, and Kennedy is a sergeant with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said he appreciates the state recognizing officers from all over the state for their efforts in DUI arrests.

“It’s an incentive for officers to be ever vigilant in that area,” he said.

Minnis said Hurt had received the award with another police agency.