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Sgt. Edgar Deharo honored as Carrboro Police Department Officer of the Year

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Sgt. Edgar Deharo was honored by the Carrboro Police Department as its 2023 Officer of the Year.

Sgt. Edgar Deharo — a nine-year veteran of the Carrboro Police Department known for his professionalism — was recently honored by the department as its 2023 Officer of the Year.

Deharo joined the CPD academy in 2013, but said that going into law enforcement was a goal he's had since he was a teenager.

“If anybody wants to get into law enforcement, they have to really want to get into law enforcement,” Deharo said. “It's not something you just kind of pick up or one day decide you want to do."

Carrboro Police Chief Chris Atack said the award is selected from the entire department based on nominations from peers. He said that because there are so many great employees, the selection process can end up being difficult.

“While he provides professional service to the entire community, he really just sets a good example for our officers, demonstrates a lot of compassion in his work and just really is a good model for what we would like an officer to be here at the police department,” Atack said. 

Two years ago, in a case Atack said demonstrates Deharo's leadership, he went on a call and encountered a child who did not have a bed because of financial concerns. Deharo and his wife then got a bed for the child, and later provided Christmas presents for the rest of their family.

“I think it really kind of just demonstrates that above and beyond aspect that made him rise to the top this year in that consideration for officer of the year,” Atack said.

In addition to his wide breadth of knowledge and professionalism, Deharo’s ability to speak Spanish allows him to build bridges and create relationships in the local community, Atack said.

Outside of his role as a sergeant, which he stepped into earlier this year, Deharo is relaxed, mellow and has a good sense of humor. Deharo said his primary motivation is his family — he said he always tries to do the best he can, so his kids have someone to look up to.

“Just knowing him — knowing how he is in his relationship with his wife, with his kids, how he just really is fundamentally a well-rounded human," Atack said. "And that presents beautifully when he's in the role of police officer here at the police department.”

Deharo, as well as 10 other 2023 service award winners from the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community were recently honored at the UNC men’s basketball game against Louisville on Jan. 17 on the floor of the Dean E. Smith Center.

UNC Athletics partnered with The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro to recognize the honorees for their service. Aaron Nelson, the CEO and secretary of the Chamber, said Deharo and the other recipients received a standing ovation.

“We're excited to work with our departments to recognize the best of them,” Nelson said. “We want them to know that they are appreciated and that this community is grateful for them and the sacrifices that they make in service of our community.”

Nelson said that previously, departments picked their own award winners and celebrated them privately — but following 9/11, the Chamber partnered with the departments and decided to recognize service members more publicly.

“I liked being on the floor — being recognized,” Deharo said. “It's always good for any employee to be recognized for the hard work that they put in.”

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