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STATE POLICE TROOPERS AND CIVILIAN RECEIVE TOP HONORS IN ANNUAL CEREMONY

May 22, 2012 (LITTLE ROCK) – Two Arkansas State Troopers and a civilian staff member were recognized today with awards presented during the annual Arkansas State Police Awards Ceremony. State Troopers Chris Goodman and Philip Hydron were awarded dual recognition as Trooper of the Year (2011) and Joann Staples was presented the department’s Civilian of the Year award. The presentations were made by Governor Mike Beebe and Colonel JR Howard, Director of the Arkansas State Police. Corporal Goodman, 36, of Russellville and Special Agent (Corporal) Hydron, 40, of Brinkley are both graduates of the State Police Academy 2004 Class. Goodman is assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop J headquartered at Clarksville and Hydron is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, Company A headquartered at Little Rock. During the final nine months of 2011 Corporal Goodman logged 151 felony arrests, 154 misdemeanor arrests and is credited with 38 drug and property seizures associated with suspected drug trafficking. The seizures occurred during the course of traffic stops and included 4,302 pounds of marijuana, 64 pounds of cocaine, 27 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 500 oxycodone tablets and cash totaling $2,859,394. Corporal Goodman’s criminal arrests and drug seizures during 2011 set new records for State Police by a single state trooper. Special Agent Hydron was selected as Trooper of the Year for his work in two major east Arkansas federal investigations resulting in arrests associated with drug and firearms trafficking. United States Attorney Chris Thyer credits S/A Hydron with providing “invaluable” investigative assistance in Operations “Evil Eye” and “Delta Blues” that collectively netted more than 100 arrests. During his supporting role with federal authorities during 2011, S/A Hydron maintained his state cases involving a murder investigation which he closed by arrest as well as cases involving home invasion and first degree battery. S/A Hydron logged 43 criminal cases during the year, made 96 arrests and seized more than 16 pounds of marijuana and 49 pounds of cocaine with a combined street value of $1.23 million dollars. Throughout the year S/A Hydron devoted personal time to assist as a physical fitness leader for 75 women from a local church and area communities. Joann Staples, a 29 year veteran of the Arkansas State Police civilian support staff, was awarded the department’s Civilian of the Year Award (2011). Staples, 52, of Cabot, is assigned to the department’s Administrative Services Division, Recruiting Section. Staples is credited with successfully compiling a database of 448 applicants and initiating a recruit testing schedule in record time to accommodate plans to fill a February 2012 Troop School class. The initial database was developed from 3,483 letters Staples directed to applicants across the state who requested to be considered for employment as State Troopers. Staples coordinated a schedule that included physical assessment testing, knowledge testing, background checks and polygraph examinations that ultimately assembled a group of 161 applicants qualified for oral interviews. With less than three months to complete her work, Staples beat the deadline clearing the administrative process to allow the current recruit class to begin on schedule and graduate later next month. The Arkansas State Police is comprised of 538 commissioned State Troopers and 407 non-commissioned staff members.