PROVO — Provo Police Sgt. Troy Beebe on Wednesday received the Officer of the Year award from the Utah Chiefs of Police Association.

Beebe was given the award for his success in helping to create and supervise the newly formed Special Enforcement Team. The team, consisting of two officers and a sergeant, was organized to investigate local midlevel and street-level drug distributors, conduct local gang enforcement, assist other specialized units and combat quality of life issues in Provo.

Beebe was selected to lead the team from its inception. He is a former member of the Utah County Major Crimes Taskforce.

The Special Enforcement Team has served 71 search warrants resulting in 125 arrests and drug seizures, submitted a federal drug and weapons case, served five spice shop warrants with 32 pounds of spice seized, started a counterfeit money/drug case with the U.S. Secret Service, investigated and dismantled one meth lab, and solved numerous stolen property cases using bugged property.

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The team was also instrumental in solving a multijurisdictional armed robbery case that led to arrests and solved cases in Springville, Orem and Provo. It conducted a successful monthlong bike theft operation that resulted in 13 arrests and a 60 pecent reduction in bike thefts throughout Provo.

“Sgt. Beebe worked relentlessly in putting together a team that has been effective in solving a number of quality of life issues in Provo," Provo Police Chief Rick Gregory said. "His work ethic reflects positively on all of us in the law enforcement community."