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Cpl. Tapp honored by peers as Officer of the Year for CPD

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By Becky Barnes

One of Cynthiana’s long-standing police officers has been honored by his peers.

Cpl. Walter Tapp, 46, was voted Officer of the Year in December.

Tapp, who has been with the Cynthiana Police Department for 20 years, said he had no idea his fellow officers were going to select him for the annual recognition.

During his tenure, Tapp has served with six different chiefs of police. He was hired by then-Chief Bob Barkley.

Tapp said he had been laid off from Cleveland Twist Drill and was working at Ponderosa. He joined the auxiliary police department and had enjoyed that. So when an opening came up in the regular forces, Barkley called Tapp to see if he wanted the job.

Shortly after that call, Tapp was going through the training needed to become a police officer. His training officer, Steve Muntz, was also one of the chiefs with whom he served.

He also served with Chief Gran Spicer, Chief David McGuffin, Chief Tony Frazier, Muntz and now Chief Ray Johnson.

Tapp has worked all three shifts, but said he prefers the second shift.

“It’s the best of both worlds,” Tapp said, noting that he likes to be busy, which, generally, is the busiest shift.

He is a 1982 graduate of Harrison County High School.

He and his wife Jenny have two daughters, Aleesha, a freshman at HCHS, and Halee, a second grade student at Eastside Elementary.

Tapp is the son of the late Leotis and Jean Tapp, who lived in Harrison County. He has one brother, Daryl “Toby” Gill and one sister, Charlotte Kato.