CrimeStoppers' Demery Bishop receives national award

CrimeStoppers' Demery Bishop receives national award

WASHINGTON (WTOC) - The executive director of CrimeStoppers of Savannah recently received the Department of Justice's Citizen Volunteer Service Award.

The award recognizes citizen volunteers who help the Department of Justice in serving the public interest. It was presented to Demery R. Bishop by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole in Washington D.C. on June 1, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

Bishop, a retired FBI Special Agent, was nominated for the award by U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver.

Bishop has volunteered his time, energy and resources to help develop and market the Southern District of Georgia's Project CeaseFire and other federal law enforcement initiatives.

Project CeaseFire aims to reduce gun violence in the Southern District with law enforcement training, public education and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"Demery has selflessly volunteered his time and talents to assist the United States Attorney's Office and the citizens of this District. In doing so, he has helped to reduce violent crime in our neighborhoods and has brought great honor and distinction to Savannah, Georgia," Tarver said in a statement.

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