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2022 Lyle Wohlers Law Enforcement Awards

Organizers of the annual Lyle Wohlers Law Enforcement Luncheon and Awards Ceremony are soliciting nominations for the 2022 Officer and Citizen of the year. The annual event will be hosted by the Empire and Georgetown Police Department’s. Law Enforcement included in this luncheon are Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado State Patrol, Empire Police, Georgetown Police, and Idaho Springs Police which commemorates Colorado State Trooper Lyle Wohlers who was killed in the line of duty near Georgetown in 1992.

An interdepartmental awards committee seeks to identify those officers who serve the citizens and visitors within greater Clear Creek County, and particularly that member of the law enforcement community who has shown exemplary service during 2022. The committee will also select the 2022 Citizen of the Year who supports area law enforcement and public safety or has engaged in an extraordinary feat to safeguard another.

Nomination forms may be found at the following locations: Empire Town Hall, Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department, Idaho Springs Police Department, Idaho Springs City Hall, Georgetown Town Hall, or visit TownofEmpire.Colorado.Gov To request nomination forms, please email  or call EPD at 303-569-2281.

Nominations must be received by 5:00 PM, Monday April 24, 2023. Email completed forms to or mail or drop off at Empire Town Hall.



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