Officer Surprised with the William H. Spurgeon II Award

Topeka Police Officer Darren Campbell was surprised with the William H. Spurgeon II Award on Monday, February 5, at 8 a.m. The surprise happened at French Middle School, where Officer Campbell serves as the school resource officer.

Officer Campbell was nominated by Officer Brandon Gogian, for the award from the Jayhawk Area Council Boy Scouts, and was not aware he was nominated or that he had won. The award is presented to men and women who have displayed outstanding leadership to the Exploring Program as either an Explorer post adult leader or as a district, division or council exploring adult volunteer.

"Darren has gone above and beyond all expectations to show the youth of our community and the Explorer Post what volunteerism is all about," said Officer Brandon Gogian. "He is always looking to better the lives of others before his own. Through his leadership and example, young people through this community are seeking out positive activities instead of delinquency. Our Explorers excel in serving their community and Darren is a big part of why that happens."

Through his volunteer work with Boy Scouts, Campbell helps guide the Explorers through the hiring process at the Topeka Police Department. To date ten Explores have been hired to full-time law enforcement positions during his time as an advisor.

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