Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Receives Local “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” Award

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 31, 2005  
Contact Information:  Bobby Clue
Information Officer

Morehead, KY - The Optimist Club of Morehead, Inc. is pleased to announce that Officer Robert Dale of the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Special Operations Unit has been selected the “Optimist Club Law Enforcement (KVE) Officer of the Year” for 2005 as part of the club’s “Respect for Law” program.  Officer Dale has been an officer with KVE for six years, 4 of which he has handled a drug detection K-9 in the Special Operations unit.  He has attended the Police Academy in Richmond, Kentucky, the K-9 academy in Frankfort, Kentucky as well as many other specialized training courses.  He has been recognized for Meritorious Achievement after assisting in finding a tractor trailer load of stolen computer equipment and was just recently recognized as “Drug Interdiction Officer of the Year” as a result of his dedication and high activity. “We have one of the premier departments of this nature in the country,” says KVE Commissioner Greg Howard. “It’s because of people like Officer Robert Dale that we have achieved that level of success.” Officer Dale resides in Morehead with his wife and three children.

The “Respect for Law” program of Optimist International began in 1965, with a discussion between Past Optimist International President Carl Bowen and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.  As the title suggests, the program inspires a healthy admiration for local law enforcement officials among young people.  In conjunction with Respect for Law, clubs sometimes take part in the annual Optimist Day of Non-Violence, which is Sunday during the Respect for Law Week.  This special day was chosen during the Respect for Law Week to encourage peace and harmony within communities all over the world.  Respect for Law is the third most popular program with over 1,500 clubs participating last year.

The Optimist Club of Morehead, Inc., was established in 1964 and focuses primarily on activities for the youth of Morehead and Rowan County.  Other activities currently sponsored include Babe Ruth Baseball, Junior World of Golf, Youth Appreciation, Youth Football and Youth Soccer.  The club also partners with the Rowan County Public Schools and the Morehead Police Department to sponsor the DARE Program in Rowan County.

Optimist International’s mission is to foster an optimistic way of life, through a network of optimists, dedicated to the full development of their potential in order to provide ever-expanding service to youth, the community and the world.

Optimist International is recognized worldwide as an organization of people committed to optimism and self-development for the improvement of youth and community.