Officer Derek Stoch of the Plano Police Department was named "Officer of the Year" by the Kendall County Association of Chiefs of Police at the annual Respect for Law Banquet on Friday near Yorkville.
Stoch, an 11-year veteran of the Plano police and leader in the Kendall County Explorers program, was nominated for "performing above and beyond his duties as a patrol officer."
Stoch played an important role in building a case against an individual who had lied to authorities about their whereabouts, resulting in felony charges for the violation of the sex offender registration act.
Stoch also assisted in the investigation of a shooting that took place Nov. 28, working during his time off to provide the investigating officers with important information regarding local gangs and suspects.
In a brief speech, Stoch thanked his fellow officers and family for their support.
"What an honor it is to be standing here in front of you all. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of my family and fellow officers," Stoch said. "This is a very proud moment in my career, and it is an honor to serve alongside the men and women of the Plano Police Department, and all of the neighboring agencies."
"I'm extremely grateful, it's a great group of guys and women that I work with," Stoch said later. "We've got a great group of men and women who are out there serving and protecting, and the community comes first."