IU Police Lieutenant Edward Davies Receives Indiana State FOP’s Most Prestigious Award
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After 33 years in law enforcement, Davies is recognized for his devotion to duty, concern for fellow officers, and sincerity of purpose.
The Indiana University Police Department is celebrating the recognition of one of its finest officers, Lt. Edward Davies, who was recently recognized by the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) for his exemplary display of fraternalism in law enforcement.
In June, the Indiana FOP presented Davies with the prestigious Addie Maddox Memorial Award at the 77th State FOP Conference, Banquet and Awards Dinner in Indianapolis.
This award is the highest recognition that can be presented by the State FOP to any fellow officer. Davies, who had served as IU Northwest’s interim police chief until the recent installation of Chief Patricia Nowak, was the 42nd recipient of this award.
Davies said that he is honored to be among such distinguished company. It is humbling, he said, to be placed in the same category as the many selfless individuals who continually go above and beyond the call of duty to help their fellow officers and those in need.
“I stand on broad shoulders,” Davies said. “I was just honored to be chosen.”
Fraternalism is an important part of an officer’s job and Davies fulfills his duty by participating in a myriad of activities that support the community of officers across the state.
“The things you do for the community of officers, you never do it looking for reward,” Davies said. “It’s fraternity.”
Davies also serves as a diversity advocate, working to bring people of various backgrounds together, whatever the cause.
Tim Downs, state president of the Indiana FOP, appointed Davies to the role of Diversity Chairman seven years ago. The two attended police training and were hired on as officers together.
“Eddie is just one of those guys who is very devoted to everything that he does,” Downs said. “He gives his all no matter what he is involved in.”
Downs said Davies’ hand is the first one held up for any volunteer opportunity, and he follows through. "He’s not one of those guys who sits back and talks,” Downs said, “he gets in there and does it.”
The award is named for Addie Maddox, who joined the Evansville Indiana Police Department in 1921. She was forced off of the department because of political issues in 1935 but returned in 1940. In 1959, at the age of 65, with 33 years of service, Maddox retired.
This award is presented annually, at the state conference to the FOP brother or sister who best exemplifies, as Sister Addie Maddox did, the following traits: devotion of duty; love of true fraternalism; sincerity of purpose; and concern for the well-being of a fellow officer.
IU Northwest Police Chief Patricia Nowak said that word of Davies’ honor wasn’t at all surprising.
“Lt. Davies welcomed me immediately and showed his character by expressing his devotion to the IU Police Department and to IU Northwest by making sure I have the best resources available to do a good job,” said Nowak, who took the helm as police chief on July 1.
“He cares deeply about his employees, the university and the community. To have such an experienced, knowledgeable person sitting in the seat of ‘second in command’ at the police department is very impressive. In my short tenure here, I have heard great comments regarding his leadership abilities and his knowledge base.”
Davies has more than 33 years of law enforcement experience. He has been a member of the IUPD-NW for the past four years. Davies joined the IUPD after retiring from the Lake County, Ind. Sheriff’s Department, where he served for 29 years and attained the appointed rank of Division Commander by the Lake County Sheriff. He has been a member of the Chris Anton FOP Lodge 125 for 32 years.
“Throughout Ed Davies’ career at the IU Police Department, he has and continues to exhibit the traits for which he received this award,” said Jerry Minger, director of Public Safety at IU Bloomington. “The IU Police Department is truly fortunate to have Ed as an executive administrator at the police department as a model for every officer across Indiana. Ed is very deserving of this award, regularly instilling these positive qualities in our new officers.”
For the past 10 years, Davies has served with the Indiana State FOP as the Diversity Committee and Sheriff’s Pension Chairman, as appointed by the State President.
Davies resides in Merrillville with his wife, Johnnie. They have two children and three grandchildren.