Dr. Gary W. Sykes Award for Professional Achievement in Law Enforcement

Created in 2012, this award recognizes an individual who has worked in a criminal justice professional for at least 10 years; has been instrumental in bringing about significant organizational change for the good of the profession; is significantly involved in community service and civic activities; and is a role model to law enforcement officers, support personnel, criminal justice professionals and citizens.

2018 Honoree

Sheriff Terry G. Box (Ret.), Collin County Sheriff’s Office

Major Kenneth E. Seguin (Ret.) of the Dallas Police Department nominated Sheriff Terry Box (Ret.) for the Dr. Gary W. Sykes Award for Professional Achievement in Law Enforcement. In his letter of nomination, he wrote, “Sheriff Box is a self-effacing modest individual whose professional career in law enforcement as a non-sworn employee and as a sworn officer spanned a total of 48 ½ years. His tenure as a Texas Peace Officer lasted 45 ¾ years of that total time. His career is replete with professional accomplishments, community involvement, and civic recognition. His positive impact on the law enforcement profession and the Collin County community is immeasurable.”

This Award is a fitting and much-deserved cap to Sheriff Box’s long tenured career in law enforcement.

Past Honorees

  • Chief David N. James (2017)
    Carrollton Police Dept. (Ret.)
  • Major Kenneth Seguin (2016)
    Dallas Police Dept. (Ret.)
  • Chief Doug Kowalski (2015)
    Prosper Police Dept.
  • Timothy N. Oettmeier, Ph.D. (2013)
    Houston Police Dept.
  • Dr. Gary W. Sykes (2012)