Evansville neighborhood group honors long-time beat officer

Group showing that community policing is vital to a safe city
Updated: Apr. 12, 2019 at 5:04 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The Plaza Park Neighborhood Crime Watch honored its Crime Prevention Officer at a regular meeting Thursday.

Evansville Police Officer Anna Gray has served as the area’s CPO for nearly a decade.

Over the years, the residents have come to love her.

“She doesn’t know it, but she’s my adopted daughter," laughed Rose Mary Cain, a member of the neighborhood association.

Thursday was Officer Gray’s last neighborhood watch meeting on the beat. She’ll be promoted as a detective for EPD’s Adult Investigation Unit, where she’ll be investigating federal crimes like robberies and homicides.

The group presented Gray with a plaque in her honor and celebrated with cake.

“It’s just the biggest surprise with gifts and cake," Officer Gray said. “I love red velvet cake, they hit the spot.”

“Anna deserves every bit of what she’s getting," Rose Mary said. "I’m just thrilled to death for her. I’m gonna to miss her but she’s earned it.”

“You can’t get rid of me that easily," Gray joked. “I don’t feel like their neighborhood police officer. I feel more like their family.”

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