Saline Police Department Sgt. Jay Basso will be honored as the 2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by The Washtenaw 100.
The Washtenaw 100, originally founded to provide no-strings attached cash contributions to families of fallen firefighters and police officers, supports emergency responders in many ways, including scholarships for their children. The group also provides funds for special equipment needs of law enforcement agencies and fire departments.
The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award is bestowed upon an officer who demonstrates bravery, dedication and service to the citizens of Washtenaw County.
Basso, the longest serving officer in a leadership position within the department, will be honored Wednesday night during the Washtenaw 100 annual dinner at the Morris Lawrence building on the Washtenaw Community College Campus. The featured speaker is former University of Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson.
Saline Police Chief Larry Hrinik nominated Basso for the honor.
“He’s not being honored for one single event, but a lifetime of service,” Hrinik said.
Hrinik said Basso is the consummate professional.
“If something needs to be done, he doesn’t wait to be asked, he does it. And he does it right,” Hrinik said. “He goes above and beyond what’s required and what’s expected.”
He pointed to the recent remodeling and modernization of the Saline Police Department dispatch center. Basso organized the project, from beginning to end.
“I gave him the latitude to do it, and he took care of it all. I had very little to with that,” Hrinik said.
Hrinik also credits Basso for his role in the training of Saline Police Department officers.
Basso was The Washtenaw 100’s unanimous pick for the award.
The award is Basso’s second award in 2017. In March, he was honored by the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce as Emergency Responder of the Year.