Lynn K. Huffmann, a 3rd District Court bailiff, has been named Officer of the Year by the Salt Lake chapter of the International Footprint Association.
Huffmann, who has worked in law enforcement for 10 years, was cited for her dedication and "keen ability to recognize and deter crime."
Officials of Footprint, a fraternal organization of police officers and businessmen, said Huffmann has been instrumental in seizing contraband that people have tried to smuggle into the district court.
"The judges have been quite tickled to see that we've confiscated these things," said Huffmann, a tall, blonde, soft-spoken woman with a dry sense of humor.
In the two years she's worked at the court, Huffmann has seized about 75 weapons, including handguns, knives and various dangerous martial arts implements, such as "throwing stars" and "butterfly knives." She has also caught people trying to smuggle marijuana, heroin and other narcotics into the courthouse.
One time, Huffmann, with the help of an X-ray machine and an electronic scanner, seized from a woman's purse a .357-caliber handgun, a .44-caliber Magnum revolver, a .22-caliber pistol, a Bowie knife, assorted hunting knives and several rounds of ammunition.
"I pick up anything that's illegal," she said.
When not prowling the court or guarding Sandra Pueler, domestic relations commissioner, Huffmann rides as a reserve deputy for the Salt Lake County sheriff's office.