Story and photo
by Jack Minor -
An officer on the Evans Police Force was presented with the Officer of the Year award at the city council meeting April 5th.
William Haslett, an officer with over 9 years experience in the department, was given the Officer of the Year award by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
In issuing the award, the VFW Post 6624 noted that Haslett has been proactive in keeping the streets safe. “Officer Haslett… tries to influence individuals who sell drugs, participate in gangs or other criminal activity to find other communities to live in.” Haslett also “has a relocation program for those who commit these crimes. He will gladly relocate them to the Weld County jail.”
Haslett is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree which he hopes to finish in the next week. He has also applied for a Master’s program at UNC. He has been involved in several important cases in the past year including one involving a 15 year-old girl who was propositioned for a sexual act as she walked home from school. The male who approached the girl also groped a college student and approached a pizza delivery driver. Haslett’s investigation resulted in getting a solid arrest for the individual who was wanted in another state for similar crimes.
Haslett was one of the first officers on the scene for the shooting at the Double Clutch cafe. The incident revolved around customer, Kenneth Yeager, who became “agitated” and eventually fired three shots in the parking lot. Yeager was subsequently shot and killed.
Haslett also was an officer on the case when a mother called 911 and stated her son had a knife and wanted to kill her. Responding to the call Haslett, and another officer, confronted the individual as he threatened them with a knife. Haslett was able to subdue the individual without using deadly force.
During the last year, Evans had two shootings involving law enforcement; Double Clutch and the Deputy Brownlee shooting.
Haslett’s future goals include being an instructor with the department and eventually becoming Police Chief.