JPD detective recognized for professional excellence

A Juneau Police Department officer has attained the rank of Master Police Officer and is the first JPD officer to do so.

Lt. Kris Sell said in a release Det. Krag Campbell became JPD’s first designated MPO on Monday.

Sell said MPO programs are common in many police departments, but it was not a part of JPD until 2009.

The MPO program is for police officers who have at least eight years of experience on the job, but have not yet been promoted or do not want to be promoted to a sergeant.

Its purpose is to recognize senior officers who pursue professional excellence in work assignments and educational opportunities, are physically fit and are involved in the community. It comes with a small stipend, and it involves a re-application each year.

Campbell is a member of JPD’s SWAT team, and he is the lead instructor for arrest control tactics and less lethal force. He is currently assigned to the investigations unit and specializes in property crimes. He also is a member of the JPD Honor Guard, which will be appearing the Fourth of July parade today.

Campbell coaches youth baseball, football and wrestling. He supports the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics and has completed the annual JPD triathlon.

JPD gave a special thanks to Campbell’s wife and children who have supported Campbell’s assignments, ancillary duties and community activities.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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