LISBON - County Prosecutor Robert L. Herron recognized Salem Police Detective David Talbert on Friday as the 2012 Columbiana County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer.
Herron presented the award during an annual training seminar he hosts for police officers.
The award is presented to officers who demonstrate superior ability and effort in law enforcement and whose work ethic makes their community a safer place.
Salem Detective David Talbert is flanked by his chief, Robert Floor, left, and county Prosecutor Robert Herron. (Submitted photo)
Talbert has been a police officer in Salem since 1999, and was promoted to Detective in 2006.
Talbert served previously with the Leetonia Police Department.
In making the presentation, Herron addressed the various roles necessary for effective law enforcement, stating:
"The function of the police is to investigate a crime, identify any witnesses, and develop the evidence necessary to prove any person charged with a criminal offense guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The role of the prosecutor is to take that police investigation and try the defendant in a Court of Law. We, as prosecutors, cannot do our job until the police do theirs.
Our role in the prosecutor's office positions us to identify those police officers who know what to do, and then conduct an investigation that will sustain a conviction.
"Detective Talbert is a very conscientious and capable professional. He has consistently demonstrated competence and persistence in numerous cases, including a recent murder offense that was challenging, complicated and protracted. That case required an extraordinary investment of his time and efforts, and he remained an integral part of the prosecution as well as the investigation, leading to a conviction. His work ethic has distinguished him as an excellent police officer and I am pleased to be able to honor his efforts and professionalism.
"It is important that the community is aware that it is fortunate to have exemplary officers working its streets. Salem has a police department it can be proud of and officers like Detective Talbert merit recognition."