The Knights of Columbus Council 3444 Temple held the 50th Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet on Monday, April 30th, 2018 at the Knights of Columbus hall in Temple.  An officer from each law enforcement department is nominated to receive the award of Outstanding Officer of the Year in their department.  Then one officer is selected as Outstanding Officer of East Bell County.  This year’s Outstanding Officer of East Bell County is DPS Trooper Thomas P. Nipper who was killed in the line of duty in November 2017.  The award was presented to his widow along with DPS Troopers from the Temple office.  We thank all of our law enforcement personnel for their service as well as their families who support them.  KPA sponsored the award for Outstanding DPS Trooper and has provided all the coordination and administration support for this event since the late 1990’s.