The Johns Creek Police Department recognizes Sgt. Ben Finley and Officer James Harris for their outstanding job performance during the first quarter of 2014.
"As the 'Officers of the Quarter,' these two individuals exemplify the characteristics that make the Johns Creek Police Department a top law enforcement agency: devotion, an ability to think outside the box, and a deeply held compassion for the victims of crime," said Police Chief Ed Densmore.
Sgt. Finley is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). A Georgia native, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years before beginning his law enforcement career with the Alpharetta Police Department in 1996. From there he served with the sheriff's office of Forsyth County, Georgia for over ten years before joining the Johns Creek Police Department in 2008.
He has worked in narcotics, uniform patrol, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, SWAT, firearms instruction and other areas of law enforcement.
Finley says he finds police work satisfying on a personal level.
"I have always enjoyed helping people in their time of need," he said.
Originally from Ohio, Harris works in the JCPD Special Investigations Unit and is a member of North Metro SWAT. He began his law enforcement career in 1991, and has worked with local, state and federal agencies, specializing in white-collar crime, fraud and forensics, and narcotics and vice-related offenses.
Harris also was assigned to the U.S. Secret Service - Interagency Nigerian Organized Crime Task Force (INOCTF). He is one of about 100 drug recognition experts specially trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol.
Harris said he loves the unpredictability and the many challenges of being a police officer.
"Law enforcement is the best job because you never know what is going to happen on a daily basis," he said. "It gives me the opportunity to be a voice for the victims that cannot speak for themselves."