The annual award is one of the most prestigious honors given in Boulder County by peers, according to a weekly update from the Erie town administrator. It was first awarded in 1994 following the loss of Haynes of the Boulder Police Department when responding to a domestic violence call.
“It’s an extreme honor to be nominated for the Beth Haynes award,” said Slavin in an email. “I know every officer at EPD has the same passion for protecting our community, especially in the realm of domestic violence, so I’m sure it was a very hard decision as to who was nominated this year. However, I’m proud to represent the department and what the department stands for.”
Slavin was recognized by District Attorney Michael Dougherty and First Assistant District Attorney Katharina Booth. According to Slavin, Dougherty and Booth put together a social distanced and virtual event this year as they received their awards and nominations in person. Dougherty said in an email the ceremony is held every year in memory of Haynes.
“As we continue to honor her service and sacrifice, Officer Haynes also serves as a reminder and inspiration to all of us who are working on behalf of domestic violence survivors,” said Dougherty. “We continue to support and recognize the law enforcement officers who respond to these often dangerous incidents. Officer Slavin’s nomination was well-deserved and we were grateful for the opportunity to recognize his efforts.”
For two and a half years, Slavin has served as an officer in Erie. He has been assigned to Watch III, the graveyard shift, and works during the night while most people sleep. Slavin said domestic violence type calls are pretty common, as are intoxicated people and DUI’s.
“I enjoy the work I do and I hope to protect and serve the community with honor,” said Slavin in an email. “I hope the community stays safe during these uncertain times. I want them to know the EPD is here for them when they need us.”