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Talladega County celebrates two award-winning law enforcement officers


TALLADEGA, Ala. – It was a proud moment for Talladega County on Monday, May 22, as two distinguished law enforcement officers were recognized for their outstanding contributions by the Central Alabama CrimeStoppers.

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers presented prestigious awards to School Resource Officer (SRO) Deputy Kenneth Funderburg and Capt. Mike Jones of the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO), acknowledging their remarkable dedication and commitment to their communities.

Deputy Funderburg was awarded with Talladega County’s 2022 Community Relations Award, a testament to his fine work with all four Childersburg schools.

Serving Childersburg High School, Childersburg Middle School, Childersburg Elementary School, and A.H. Watwood Elementary School, Deputy Funderburg has been an exceptional mentor to numerous students, going above and beyond to ensure their safety and well-being.

His positive influence and strong partnership with school administrators have created a secure environment for faculty, staff, and students. Furthermore, Deputy Funderburg’s active involvement in community events showcases his deep connection and dedication to the students he serves.

Capt. Mike Jones, on the other hand, was honored with the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office 2022 CrimeStoppers Officer of the Year Award.

Since the TCSO partnered with CrimeStoppers in 2021, Capt. Jones has exhibited constant professionalism and a heartfelt commitment to his role. His attention to detail and innovative problem-solving approach have resulted in the resolution of numerous cases and arrests.

Capt. Jones’s proactive efforts to empower citizens to come forward with information have played a vital role in making Talladega County safer.

The awards presented to Deputy Funderburg and Capt. Jones recognize their outstanding achievements in community relations and crime prevention, respectively. Their commitment to Talladega County and its citizens sets an inspiring example for others to follow.

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