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Jensen Elementary Teacher Named Urbandale Police Reserve Officer Of The Year

On February 16, 2015, the Urbandale Police Department held its annual awards ceremony and selected Reserve Officer Todd Pettit, fifth-grade teacher at Jensen Elementary School, as the 2014 Reserve Officer of the Year. Throughout 2014, Pettit volunteered over 620 hours with the Urbandale Police Department by supporting training and patrol activities as well as assisting with community events such as National Night Out, Shop With A Cop and Fourth of July. Pettit received his Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Reserve Officer Certification in 2013.

Todd Pettit 2014 Urbandale Reserve Officer of the Year
Todd Pettit, Fifth-Grade Teacher at Jensen Elementary, named 2014 Urbandale Police Reserve Officer of the Year

“I am very honored to receive this award. Urbandale has an outstanding police department and it has been a great experience being part of it. The Urbandale community has been very good to me and I am glad that I am able to give back,” said Pettit.

In addition to his Reserve Officer duties, Pettit has been a dedicated teacher at Jensen Elementary for over 22 years. Pettit is highly respected by students, parents and staff, and is considered a master teacher in the Urbandale district as he raises the quality of the entire district.

“Urbandale students, families and the community come first to Todd. He is a dedicated teacher, a devoted mentor, a true leader and an outstanding community member,” said Kelley Harrison, principal at Jensen Elementary School.

In 2013, the Urbandale Community School District Board of Directors approved a five-year strategic plan. One of the core values stated in the plan, and embraced by the district as fundamental for the success of all learners, is placing great value on trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Pettit not only exemplifies these core values but encapsulates them to the highest degree. The Urbandale Community School District is honored to have Pettit as a leader in the district and community, and congratulates him on receiving this well-deserved award.

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